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ward someone/something off

Definition of ward someone/something off in English:

Prevent from harming or affecting one: she put up a hand as if to ward him off
More example sentences
  • The archetypal souvenirs are ceramic tiles featuring the Evil Eye - a Turkish good luck charm designed to ward off evil spirits.
  • In areas where apples were grown, it evolved into a ritual in which chants and dances were used to ward off evil spirits which it was believed would harm the trees.
  • The veil was also believed to magically have the power to ward off surrounding evils that wish to harm the bride.
Synonyms
fend off, repel, repulse, beat back, chase away
informal send packing
parry, avert, deflect, block;
evade, avoid, dodge
rebuff, avert, keep at bay, fend off, stave off, turn away, repel, resist, prevent, obstruct, foil, frustrate, thwart, check, stop
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