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Definitionprevent from happening
turn away or aside — often to turn your eyes away from something
- When, under cover of the night, I flew to Miss Mills, whom I saw by stealth in a back kitchen where there was a mangle, and implored Miss Mills to interpose between us and avert insanity.Chapters 31-33 (99% in)
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