ward off

This page is about the phrasal verb ward off.

Meaning: to stop something that's harmful or dangerous from coming near

Synonym: fend off

For example:

  • ward off sth Many people believe that vitamin C can ward off the common cold.

  • ward sth off Did you know that garlic and crosses can be used to ward off Dracula and other vampires?

Quick Quiz:

Boxers learn how to defend themselves by bobbing and weaving and warding off

a. referees

b. evil spirits

c. punches

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Contributor: Matt Errey