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deflect blame from herself
  turn aside from a fixed direction or line of interest
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deflection deflect deflected deflector deflecting deflects deflective
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  • deflect blame from herself
  • trucks designed to deflect improvised-explosive-device blasts
  • Discipline does not mean being molded by outside forces, but sticking to one’s road against the forces that would deflect or bury the soul.
    Randolph Silliman Bourne
  • After all, she had perhaps purposely deflected the conversation from her own affairs, and after the pain his last words had evidently caused her he felt that all he could do was to follow her lead.
    Edith Wharton  --  The Age of Innocence

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  • The ionosphere deflects radio waves.
  • We kept inching backward, dodging acid splashes and deflecting snapping heads without cutting them off, but I knew we were only postponing our deaths.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Sea of Monsters
  • He flings a saw-toothed dagger at my chest, and I only just deflect it with my scim.
    Sabaa Tahir  --  An Ember in the Ashes
  • Deflect much?
    Colleen Hoover  --  Slammed
  • Thomas ducked toward the floor and reached up with his hands to deflect the blow.
    James Dashner  --  The Death Cure
  • He can’t resist deflecting any sincerity with a quick line of movie dialogue.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl

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  • He felt his stomach clench as he realized how deftly Isabelle had deflected his questions and distracted him with kissing, and he felt stupid.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Heavenly Fire
  • I was falling for the deflecting technique again, not that Havoline Oil had anything cloyingly poetical about it.
    Rick Yancey  --  The Infinite Sea
  • AMONG THE last prisoners to show up in May, before the Camp was "closed" to deflect Martha Stewart to another facility, were three new political prisoners, pacifists like Sister Platte.
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black
  • While my fellow students were already establishing themselves in various esoteric specialties, most of which they invented for themselves on the theory that if you are the only specialist in a given field you need fear no competition, I was still unable to deflect my interests from the general to the particular.
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf
  • On the ballroom floor she stood out in her animal or shell fish beauty but claws and caterpillar bulges tended to deflect suitors from thoughts of seduction.
    Michael Ondaatje  --  Running in the Family
  • I wish I could have had some practice with the sword before using it in a fight, but it’s my best bet to deflect the chains.
    Susan Ee  --  Angelfall
  • I don’t tell her how I split the dead tree’s trunk straight down the middle through telekinesis, or how Henri threw knives at me that I deflected into a sandbag fifty feet away.
    Pittacus Lore  --  I Am Number Four
  • Her arms ached as they were shaken from their slumber, but she continued to deflect and parry.
    Sarah J. Maas  --  Throne of Glass
  • Count Rugen was a bit surprised that his point had been deflected, but there was nothing wrong with piercing a helpless man’s shoulder.
    William Goldman  --  The Princess Bride
  • "Mother wore that necklace to her wedding," I said, hoping to deflect her thoughts.
    Gail Carson Levine  --  Ella Enchanted
  • Despite Tom Short’s warning, a large part of my trial strategy was to deflect attention away from Angel and to put Reverend Tester on trial.
    Scott Pratt  --  An Innocent Client
  • Why should they have to deflect the neighbors’ questions about him?
    Anne Tayler  --  A Spool of Blue Thread
  • I punched shots away; I deflected shots over the goalpost; I came out and slid into them before they could get shots off.
    Edward Bloor  --  Tangerine
  • I try to deflect the mood by turning around and asking Karen if she has a sack we can use for our things.
    Colleen Hoover  --  Hopeless
  • There are too many feelings coming off those girls, and I’m not good at deflecting them.
    Katja Millay  --  The Sea of Tranquility
  • But Nathan was not to be deflected.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Jason summoned another lightning strike, but this time Porphyrion simply deflected it off the tip of his spear.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Blood of Olympus
  • The blast waves are like sound waves—they bounce and deflect.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • "Do you enjoy it?" he asks, deflecting.
    Victoria Aveyard  --  Red Queen
  • Snow drinking from the poisoned cup himself to deflect suspicion.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay
  • Lynn launches a plastic cup at him, which he deflects.
    Veronica Roth  --  Insurgent
  • A blur of white motion deflected the shaft down into the grass as the bear lunged.
    Ben Mikaeslen  --  Touching Spirit Bear
  • Rudy shuffled in, fired the shot, and Liesel dived and somehow deflected it with her elbow.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • I brace myself to deflect his hit, but it doesn’t come.
    Suzanne Collins  --  The Hunger Games
  • He slashed with the seraph blade as they rolled across the floor, and she deflected his blows easily, moving so fast she was a blur.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Lost Souls
  • I’ve flung out my arms to protect as much of his broken body as possible, so there’s nothing to deflect the lash.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Catching Fire
  • Another thing I did to deflect the course of my thoughts was to listen to my heart.
    Albert Camus  --  The Stranger
  • Qendrim dove headfirst, arms at his sides, like a spear, and executed a perfect header, deflecting the ball and freezing the goalie—another score.
    Warren St. John  --  Outcasts United
  • Zaphod Beeblebrox would not be needing his set speech and he gently deflected the one being offered him by the spider.
    Douglas Adams  --  The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
  • The orange vendor deflects this nonsense with a yawn.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • He learned to be careful when shooting from a foxhole, lest he hit a tree and wound himself with deflected shrapnel.
    Mitch Albom  --  The Five People You Meet in Heaven
  • Lit struck again, and Jason deflected his blade.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Lost Hero
  • I deflected one with my sword.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Battle of the Labyrinth
  • It had been decided to deflect the upline a few kilometres to the west.
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World
  • My blade should’ve run him through, but it deflected off his stomach like I was hitting solid marble.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Last Olympian
  • Ronnie would not be deflected, not this time.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Last Song
  • The bullet deflected off Babi’s fur as if it were made of titanium, and shattered a nearby McDonald’s sign.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Throne of Fire
  • He shrugged and shook his head, refusing to be deflected.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Breaking Dawn
  • The dagger should’ve impaled me in the chest, but somehow I deflected it with my blade and sent it sailing into the abyss.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Red Pyramid
  • Luke deflected it easily, but I saw a change in his face.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Lightning Thief
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