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.
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References in classic literature ?
The distance was so great by this time that most of the arrows fell short, while those that reached us were sufficiently spent to allow us to ward them off with our paddles.
"But he did ward them off," said De Rochefort, "and the reason was, that though he had bitter enemies he possessed also true friends.
Steak Bakes, Chicken Bakes and even Vegan Sausage Rolls, might see us through perfectly well for 10 months of the year, but when the Festive Bake cravings kick in there's nothing to ward them off other than than the return of Greggs Christmas delicacy.
Although I take two garlic tablets daily to ward them off, I always encounter a few ticks determined to affix themselves to me whenever I step foot outdoors to cut firewood.
They brandished weapons at passers-by to ward them off during the heist at Watches of Switzerland before making off with a haul worth an estimated [euro]550,000.
CIA analyst Jack Ryan (Alex Baldwin) tries to ward them off an attack.
The movie reminds people of the reality of devil and the power of Catholic faith to ward them off.
Walters, of the Crop & Soil Systems Research Group at the Scottish Agricultural College, Edinburgh, delineates the many dangers plants face and the systems they use to ward them off. The attackers range from fungus, rust and insects to moose, musk ox and humans.
Citronella candles and flares will ward them off, as will oil burners with a few drops of citronella oil or tea tree essential oil - just be careful using candles if you have little ones around.
As soon as you flap a hand to ward them off, they call in reinforcements.
She said she used her walking stick to ward them off - but not before she had been nipped below her left knee.
An intriguing new study suggests that some headaches may be linked to Helicobacter pylori--the same bacterium that causes most ulcers--and that antibiotics and daily doses of friendly bacteria could ward them off.
"We never know where missiles and bullets will come from, and we will ward them off."
Limited nuclear blasts would be enough to ward them off.
And I'm positively allergic to garlic, which is used to ward them off."