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It was inevitable, then, that the host would seek to deflect the attention of his viewers to Ocasio-Cortez, hypocrisy notwithstanding.

Capitals defenseman Zdeno Chara, who was facing his former team, had a scare with 12 seconds remaining in the first period when a puck deflected off his stick and hit him in the face.

Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg has sought to deflect blame, noting the role of smaller, right-leaning services such as Parler and Gab.

Eagles’ Doug Pederson deflects tanking criticism in wake of questionable calls in finaleThe Eagles, with the season-ending loss, finished three spots higher in the draft order than they would have landed with a victory.

Or, since he can’t seem to relate to you as anything but his subordinate, she might prefer to step in herself to deflect his requests and intrusions, up to and including pulling him out of your meetings.

According to Crawford, Alvarez is “focusing her entire effort publicly on Protess” to deflect attention.

Yet, Obama might take some of these military actions anyway just to deflect political pressures at home.

But when I pulled her toward me to comfort her and tell her that I was sorry, she instinctively flexed her muscles to deflect me.

Creationists need a Muslim hero, and American right-wingers need a “good” Muslim with whom to deflect accusations of Islamophobia.

The impulse would have done nothing to deflect a bullet, which would likely have torn through his arm and into him.

Frank managed to deflect the automatic's muzzle from himself.

It was announced with official emphasis that no opposition would deflect the Government from its purpose.

There is a wellnigh infinite number of influences to deflect us from the safe and certain course.

In order to ascend more quickly the Pilot will deflect the Elevator, which, by the way, you see hinged to the Tail.

Lockley knew that sharp points, when charged electrically, make tiny jets of ionized air which will deflect a candle flame.


On this page you'll find 71 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to deflect, such as: avert, bend, cover-up, divert, hook, and pivot.

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