head off (2)
Meaning: to stop something bad from happeningSynonym: prevent
- head off sth The two countries are in talks at the moment in an attempt to head off a trade war.
- head off sth We need to reduce carbon-dioxide emissions in order to head off the global warming crisis.
head off (2): problem, conflict, war, fight, recession, failure, illness
The fans of the two rival clubs were getting too close to each other, so the police decided to head off what could be a violent clash by