Prevent someone or something from harming or affecting one: she put up a hand as if to ward him off
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- 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.
fend off, drive back, keep off, stave off, repel, repulse, beat back, rout, put to flight, chase away
informal send packing
parry, avert, deflect, block, turn aside, defend oneself against, guard against, evade, avoid, dodge
avert, rebuff, rebut, keep at bay, keep at arm's length, fend off, stave off, oppose, resist, prevent, hinder, obstruct, impede, foil, frustrate, thwart, check, baulk, stop, head off