He warded them off, holding the butt of the gun in front of him.
Matches are very convenient, but they must be warded from dampness.
Blow after blow he warded off, till at last his own arm was disabled.
What, then, would result if these disturbers could be warded off, one or all?
Jerry warded off the blows as well as he could, and tried to return them.
We prayed that ...