ward off

phrasal verb
warded off; warding off; wards off

Definition of ward off

: to avoid being hit by (something) ward off a blow often used figurativelyI tried different remedies to ward off a cold.

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“Ward off.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ward%20off. Accessed 8 Jul. 2020.

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