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- v. to parry, or turn aside
- v. to avert or prevent
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- v. prevent the occurrence of; prevent from happening
- v. avert, turn away, or repel
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Sure the Lakers would have to ward off Kevin McHale, who put on a 16-point, low-post scoring clinic in the first half.
He appears as an abbot with various symbols: a raven, which fed him during his life as a hermit; a broken cup, referring to an attempted poisoning by disgruntled followers; a dove, symbolizing the soul of St. Scholastica, which appeared to him at her death; a book, representing his Rule; or a broken sieve or aspergillum, for sprinkling holy water to ward off the devil.
She had a white-knuckled grip on a bottle of water, which she held to her chest like an amulet to ward off demons.
Banished forever from the New England lexicon, never again would the word “curse” be uttered in one-upmanship, or used as against the Red Sox like garlic to ward off vampires.
Hoodia is derived from a plant traditionally consumed by African Bushmen to ward off hunger, but it has gained celebrity because of celebrities throughout the rest of the world.
The large palace complex was located on a rock terrace rising above the plain and was approached by a broad double stairway guarded by statues of giant bulls to ward off evil, a borrowing from earlier Mesopotamian iconography.
Leonnatus took up position on one side of the king while Peucestas held the Trojan shield above him to ward off the stones and arrows that rained down on them.
Wilt Chamberlain, bewildered, befuddled and now having to ward off an unwanted “choker” stigma, called his coach “a liar, the dumbest coach he had ever seen.”
“Nooo,” she breathed, putting up her hands as if to ward off an enemy.
It was pointless to clean the house ahead of time; no amount of cleaning could ward off the3A.M.ritual.