ward off

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ward off

To push back or defend against someone or something that is advancing. A noun or pronoun can be used between "ward" and "off." How will we ward off all these attackers? If you feel like you're getting a cold, these vitamin C tablets should help you to ward it off. These talismans were thought to ward off evil spirits.
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ward someone or something off

to hold someone or something off; to fight someone or something off. The army was able to ward the attackers off repeatedly. We couldn't ward off the attackers any longer.
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ward off

1. Turn aside, parry, as in He tried to ward off her blows. [Second half of 1500s]
2. Try to prevent, avert, as in She took vitamin C to ward off a cold. [Mid-1700s]
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ward off

v.
1. To try to prevent; avert: You should take vitamins to ward off infections.
2. To turn something aside; repel: The champion boxer warded off the opponent's blows. The flies were annoying me, but I warded them off.
See also: off, ward
References in classic literature ?
As he started forward, they poked the ends of their extended clubs towards his ribs to ward him off.
WARD HIM OFF Joe Ward punishes Peter Mullenburg in final
He did so in essence to ward him off, to prevent an attack on himself that Joshua Ribera had already launched."
The locals including innkeeper Fisher (Shaun Dooley) and his wife (Mary Stockley), try to ward him off but Arthur persists with the help of local landowner Mr Daily (Ciaran Hinds) and glimpses a mysterious woman (Liz White) dressed all in black, who is blamed for the deaths of children in the village.
The locals try to ward him off but Arthur persists with the help of landowner Mr Daily (Ciaran Hinds) and glimpses a mysterious woman (LIPA graduate and Life on Mars' Liz White) dressed all in black, who is blamed for the deaths of children in the village.
He said: 'I reached out and picked up a knife from a plate just to ward him off.
He kicked out at Max in an attempt to ward him off, but made no contact.
`But I caught my boyfriend helping himself to it - it's not girlie enough to ward him off.' 9/10
Defence QC James Gallagher, said as Elliott had "come towards her, with fists raised, she grabbed what was immediately to hand, which unfortunately was a knife, and raised it initially to ward him off, or to get him to back off from her".