Definitions for ward off
debar, forefend, forfend, obviate, deflect, avert, head off, stave off, fend off, avoid, ward off(verb)
prevent the occurrence of; prevent from happening
"Let's avoid a confrontation"; "head off a confrontation"; "avert a strike"
avert, turn away, or repel
"Ward off danger"
to parry, or turn aside
to avert or prevent