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avert a strike
  prevent from happening


turn away or aside — often to turn your eyes away from something
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avert averted averting averts
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  • avert a strike
  • She averted her eyes from the violence on TV.
  • And inside the watches were engraved after the name of the watch’s new owner: ’From the Directors of the Northern and Southern Railway in grateful recognition of the courageous and prompt action which averted an accident on — 1905.’
    Edith Nesbit  --  The Railway Children
  • Their face did not move and they did not avert their eyes.
    Ayn Rand  --  Anthem

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  • Any excuse to avert my eyes from the other passengers.
    Jay Asher  --  Thirteen Reasons Why
  • ...and averted his eyes.
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World
  • All dreaded it, all sought to avert it.
    Abraham Lincoln  --  Abraham Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address
  • He picks his cloak up from the floor and holds it out to me, averting his eyes.
    Sabaa Tahir  --  An Ember in the Ashes
  • I look at Lindsay, but she keeps her eyes averted.
    Lauren Oliver  --  Before I Fall
  • He tried to avert his eyes from the man now lying on the ground.
    James Dashner  --  The Death Cure

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  • They stand silently on the doorstep, Midwest Gothic, Bill Dunne wiry and still handsome, a tiny Band-Aid on his forehead, Go grim-faced, her hair in barrettes, her eyes averted from her father.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • Celeste grunted, and we peeked over at her but quickly averted our eyes when she caught us looking.
    Kiera Cass  --  The Elite
  • Surprisingly, her laughter faded away quickly, and she averted her eyes as she spoke.
    Kiera Cass  --  The One
  • Unlike most of the others, he didn’t avert his eyes.
    Kiera Cass  --  The Heir
  • Clary averted her eyes.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Heavenly Fire
  • There are soldiers hurrying up and down the corridor; they avert their eyes and stop talking as I’m wheeled past them.
    Rick Yancey  --  The 5th Wave
  • And, after he pulled her from the water and bandaged the wound, carrying her to his sister’s bed, averting his eyes as he dressed her in his sister’s gown; Cassie would have been mortified when she realized he’d seen her unclothed.
    Rick Yancey  --  The Infinite Sea
  • Yes, Mae had averted it, she’d been braver than she thought possible, but her nerves, these many months later, were still frayed.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • He glanced at me, his face screwed up in a worried wince, and he quickly averted his gaze when I looked back.
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy
  • He kept trying to avert his head, to no avail.
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf
  • The two beside her were more retiring in their appearance, their eyes averted from me and everything else; they seemed to be clinging to each other, though they weren’t touching at all.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • The only occupation that could hope to avert one from drink and romance was gambling.
    Michael Ondaatje  --  Running in the Family
  • FAUST (with averted head) Terrible to see!
    Goethe (Johann Wolfgang von Goethe)  --  Faust
  • Sybil stepped forward, eyes respectfully averted from Queen Levana.
    Marissa Meyer  --  Cinder
  • He kept his eyes averted until he had composed himself, which he did with a few deep breaths and a quick swipe at his tearful eyes.
    Trenton Lee Stewart  --  The Mysterious Benedict Society
  • Her stomach clenching, Celaena averted her eyes from the prisoners, keeping up with the captain as they headed to a caravan of horses near the towering wall.
    Sarah J. Maas  --  Throne of Glass
  • I’ll have to intervene to avert a massacre.
    Louise Rennison  --  Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging
  • A shy creature (or a guilty one), Crow averted her face when she spoke.
    Ellen Raskin  --  The Westing Game
  • The news reported that Polish government officials had gone to Germany to meet with that country’s leadership to try to avert war.
    Leon Leyson  --  The Boy on the Wooden Box
  • Hana sighs, keeping her eyes averted.
    Lauren Oliver  --  Delirium
  • I avert my eyes back to the task at hand in time to hear him add, "If you’re looking for someplace to sit, my lap is free."
    Katja Millay  --  The Sea of Tranquility
  • I took a large swallow of beer and averted my eyes; they of course lit upon the outsized bed with its coverlet of luscious apricot where my new friends had transacted most of these goings-on, and which had been the monstrous engine of so much of my recent discomfort.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • I averted my eyes and assured myself it was the frigid air making my legs tremble.
    Becca Fitzpatrick  --  Hush, Hush
  • War will be averted and countless lives saved.
    Laurie Halse Anderson  --  Chains
  • Deliberately averting her eyes from Dr. Lucafont’s car to avoid catching even a glimpse of Uncle Monty’s body, the eldest Baudelaire walked toward the pile of suitcases.
    Lemony Snicket  --  The Reptile Room
  • I had seen wounded men making their way on crutches down the street, and the people passing them with averted eyes, and I thought it was not at all a bad job of explanation.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • "That’s all right," I murmured, averting my eyes away from him.
    Bella Forrest  --  A Shade of Vampire
  • The hotel staff moved with hushed voices and quiet footsteps, eyes gliding across me coolly as if they didn’t quite see me, the American man in 27 who never came down during the day; and I tried to reassure myself that the night manager (dark suit, crew cut, horn-rimmed glasses) would probably go to some lengths to avert trouble or avoid a fuss.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • Behind them, almost tucked into their backs, came a man who was clearly shying from the camera, averting his face.
    James Patterson  --  1st to Die
  • "I thought I’d get used to it by now," she said, never averting her eyes from the screen.
    John Corey Whaley  --  Nogin
  • Father flushed, averted his eyes.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed
  • My friend Pedro is standing in the back, his eyes averted.
    Simone Elkeles  --  Perfect Chemistry
  • Tally averted her eyes from Shay’s beauty, trying to focus her thoughts.
    Scott Westerfeld  --  Uglies
  • He saw the others in his group glance at him, embarrassed, and then avert their eyes quickly.
    Lois Lowry  --  The Giver
  • "Only you’ll have to do even better if the uprisings are to be averted," he says.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Catching Fire
  • My father looks momentarily stricken and then recovers himself, averting his glistening eyes and nodding.
    Veronica Roth  --  Divergent
  • He blinked and averted her gaze.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  A Thousand Splendid Suns
  • For quite a while he kept his eyes averted.
    Albert Camus  --  The Stranger
  • Lord, avert their eyes from me, I whispered in my soul.
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi
  • He began to glow, and I knew enough about the gods to avert my eyes before he revealed his true divine form.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Sea of Monsters
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