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to change the direction or course of

to prohibit from occurring by advance planning or action

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turn away or aside

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Even if his bewildered soul could have forgotten, there was a faithful woman at this pillow, who, with averted eyes, would have covered that aged face, which she had last beheld in the comeliness of manhood.
It seemed to him, in his dream, that, if the townspeople and the soldiers would but have heard him speak a single word, all the slaughter might have been averted.
Throughout the evening, indeed, her eye seemed studiously averted from me, as if she struggled to suppress certain sentiments or sensations, that she was unwilling to betray.
I felt that I tottered upon the brink -- I averted my eyes --
echoed Edwards, in a voice of horror, and with a face that should have been again averted to conceal its paleness; “and how much did they discover?
The note was held out, and must be taken; and as she instantly and with averted eyes walked towards the fireplace, where sat the others, he had nothing to do but to go in good earnest.
As she passed me, Polina gave me a momentary glance, and then as swiftly averted her eyes.
Had he been seconded by suitable agents, and properly protected by government, the ultimate failure of his plan might yet have been averted.
It would have taken a century, he repeatedly said to himself, and said also to Alice Staverton, it would have taken a longer absence and a more averted mind than those even of which he had been guilty, to pile up the differences, the newnesses, the queernesses, above all the bignesses, for the better or the worse, that at present assaulted his vision wherever he looked.
She would not answer; she walked hurriedly, with averted face.
But the Tin Woodman, having no fear of fire, averted the stampede by a few sensible words.
Now a terrible fall, averted in such fashion, was productive of shock.
The price of the irresistible gun would have been much greater, your Majesty, but for the fact that its missiles can be so effectively averted by my peculiar method of treating the armour plates with a new- "
For a moment she was silent, with averted face, and I began to fear I had been extremely rude and indelicate; then she fixed her eyes gravely on my own.
For the first time Anne and Gilbert saw the shadow cast by that brilliant star of evening, that faint, mysterious shadow, never seen save when there is white snow to reveal it, and then only with averted vision, vanishing when you gaze at it directly.