I could beg you to do it in order to avert a national disaster.
The chairman averted panic and called the session to order.
Why hadn’t they averted their own doom and spared him his years of thankless torture?
There was the thought that his old workers had always been able to avert disaster; any of them would have seen e indications of a hang-up and known how to prevent it; but there were not many of them left, and he had to employ whatever men he could find.
She ran through the train’s only coach, where some passengers slept in contorted poses of exhaustion, while others, awake and still, sat hunched, like animals waiting for a blow, making no move to avert it In the vestibule of the coach, she stopped.
I had no way to avert it and no power to save you.
It had gone into the planless, thankless work of racing from emergency to emergency, of delaying the collapse of a railroad-a month like a waste pile of disconnected days, each given to averting the disaster of the moment.