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Verb: fend off  fend óf
  1. Prevent the occurrence of; prevent from happening
    "fend off a strike";
    - debar, forefend, forfend, obviate, deflect, avert, head off, stave off, avoid, ward off

Derived forms: fending off, fended off, fends off

Type of: forbid, foreclose, forestall, preclude, prevent