veer off course


: to begin to go in the wrong direction
The rocket veered off course.

Examples of veer off course in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Artificial lighting can cause night-migrating birds to veer off course and deplete their already scant energy stores. Sarah Kuta, Smithsonian Magazine, 31 Jan. 2024 Andrew had reached the age when, experts say, a typical life can start to veer off course. Kathleen McGrory, ProPublica, 6 Jan. 2024 Officials say the boat’s engine likely stopped working or ran out of fuel and began to veer off course before sinking at around 2 a.m. local time 50 miles south-west of Pylos, a town in southwestern Greece. Time, 15 June 2023 China’s foreign ministry alleged winds caused the balloons to veer off course and into American airspace. Howard Koplowitz |, al, 3 Feb. 2023 But just three weeks into his term, critics say Netanyahu’s far-right coalition has already begun to veer off course — swiftly advancing measures that seek to weaken Israel’s judiciary system and eliminate any remaining prospects for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Shira Rubin, Washington Post, 19 Jan. 2023 When the tech billionaire hosts his friends for a murder mystery party on his private island, things quickly veer off course. Aaron Couch, The Hollywood Reporter, 7 Nov. 2022 Just over a minute after takeoff, the New Shepard rocket appeared to suffer an engine problem and veer off course, prompting the emergency abort system to kick in. Loren Grush, Fortune, 12 Sep. 2022 To reduce mishandling, tuck in loose straps that can get tangled with machinery or another bag and veer off course. New York Times, 9 July 2022

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“Veer off course.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2024.

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