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English definition of “ward sth off”

ward sth off

phrasal verb with ward     /wɔːd/ US  /wɔːrd/ verb
to prevent 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.Responding to an attack
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