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deflect

verb [I or T] uk   /dɪˈflekt/ us  
to (cause to) change direction, or to prevent something from being directed at you: The ball deflected off my shoulder, straight into the goal. The crowd cheered as the goalkeeper deflected the shot. He deflected the ball away from the goal. The prime minister deflected mounting criticism today by announcing tax cuts.
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