Definition of ward off phrasal verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

ward off

 phrasal verb
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Phrasal Verbs

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to protect or defend yourself against danger, illness, attack, etc. to ward off criticism She put up her hands to ward him off.
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