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English definition of “ward sb/sth off”

ward sb/sth off

verb uk phrasal verb with ward   /wɔːd/ us    /wɔːrd/
to prevent someone or something unpleasant from harming or coming close to you: In the winter I take vitamin C to ward off colds. She was given a magic charm to ward off evil spirits.
(Definition of ward sb/sth off from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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