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avert as in:  avert her eyes

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  • When asked, her guilt was clear from the way she averted her eyes
  • Hailey does that BS move where you look at someone out the corner of your eye, but you don't want them to know that you care enough to look, so you avert your eyes.   (source)
    avert = turn away
  • As she heard me approach, she turned her head away, averting her eyes and keeping me out of her field of vision.   (source)
    averting = turning away
  • The clerks averted their eyes as Mom fished the sock out of her bra, explaining to everyone within earshot that this was her way of making sure she was never pickpocketed.   (source)
    averted = turned away
  • As he was hustled toward what seemed to be an officers' quarters, he passed two girls with Asian features, walking with heads down, eyes averted, as they retreated from the building.   (source)
  • He saw the others in his group glance at him, embarrassed, and then avert their eyes quickly.   (source)
    avert = turn away
  • "Fatima," the girl said, averting her eyes.   (source)
    averting = turning away
  • A shy creature (or a guilty one), Crow averted her face when she spoke.   (source)
    averted = turned away
  • Walter and I ascended in the gleaming elevator, with its plastic marble interior and its smell of car upholstery and its crush of suited people, men and women both, all with the averted eyes and vacant faces of lifelong servants.   (source)
    averted = turn away
  • Edgar was walking down the aisle, neither blinking nor averting his gaze.   (source)
    averting = turning away
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  • Like so many questions
    I answer this one
    With the eye-averted peeling of a pear.   (source)
    averted = turned away
  • Tally averted her eyes from Shay's beauty, trying to focus her thoughts.   (source)
  • She averted his eyes.   (source)
    averted = turned away from
  • This was one I didn't know, and I averted my eyes, hoping Silvia wouldn't call on me.   (source)
    averted = turned away
  • Averting his eyes from this unpleasant sight, Harry saw a gigantic, hairy brown suit and a very horrible yellow-and-orange tie hanging from the top of Hagrid's wardrobe door.   (source)
    averting = turning away
  • They averted their eyes when he passed in the corridor.   (source)
    averted = turned away
  • "AND OF COURSE YOU'RE HESTER," Owen said, his eyes averted.   (source)
  • "But not the way I wanted it to," he says, averting his glance.   (source)
    averting = turning away
  • Any excuse to avert my eyes from the other passengers.   (source)
    avert = turn away
  • For a moment she stood over him as though waiting for him to move so that she could whip at him again; but Crooks sat perfectly still, his eyes averted, everything that might be hurt drawn in.   (source)
    averted = turned aside
  • A great shout suddenly went up from the mob; a wave of movement drove it menacingly towards the Savage.
    "Ford help him!" said Bernard, and averted his eyes.   (source)
    averted = turned away
  • Their face did not move and they did not avert their eyes.   (source)
    avert = turn away
  • But he averted his eyes until it was over.   (source)
    averted = turned away
  • "I'm a woman of the desert," she said, averting her face.   (source)
    averting = turning away
  • He was now asking Professor McGonagall for news of the Firebolt after every Transfiguration lesson, Ron standing hopefully at his shoulder, Hermione rushing past with her face averted.   (source)
    averted = turned away
  • He blinked and averted her gaze.   (source)
    averted = turned away from
  • He averted his eyes and selected an old crate filled with broken canning jars to carry to the discard pile.   (source)
    averted = turned away
  • It was from the perspective of his knees—when Mr. Fish's head was only slightly above Owen Meany's—that Mr. Fish received his first full look at the averted face under the hood.   (source)
  • He kept his gaze averted, elbows pressed to his sides, knees bent, trying to minimize his profile as he crabbed toward her with a slow side shuffle.   (source)
  • Bernard looked, and then quickly, with a little shudder, averted his eyes.   (source)
  • With eyes for the most part downcast and, if ever they lighted on a fellow creature, at once and furtively averted, Bernard hastened across the roof.   (source)
  • "That's why," he said speaking with averted face, "I wanted to do something first … I mean, to show I was worthy of you."   (source)
  • Tears stood in the young man's eyes; he was ashamed and turned away.
    Still averted from her, the young man made a sign of affirmation.   (source)
  • "You see," he said, mumbling and with averted eyes, "I'm rather different from most people, I suppose."   (source)
  • Lenina nodded her averted head, let out the breath she had been holding and managed to draw another one, relatively untainted.   (source)
  • In the taxicopter he hardly even looked at her. Bound by strong vows that had never been pronounced, obedient to laws that had long since ceased to run, he sat averted and in silence.   (source)
  • Back turned to back, Fanny and Lenina continued their changing in silence.
    "There, I'm ready," said Lenina, but Fanny remained speechless and averted.   (source)
  • In the lift, on their way up to the changing rooms, Henry Foster and the Assistant Director of Predestination rather pointedly turned their backs on Bernard Marx from the Psychology Bureau: averted themselves from that unsavoury reputation.   (source)
  • At the sound of his voice the Director started into a guilty realization of where he was; shot a glance at Bernard, and averting his eyes, blushed darkly; looked at him again with sudden suspicion and, angrily on his dignity, "Don't imagine," he said, "that I'd had any indecorous relation with the girl."   (source)
    averting = turning away
  • I kept my eyes averted, looking at the walls, ceiling, everywhere but at her.   (source)
    averted = turned away
  • I kept my eyes averted from the register as I brought out the tray of éclairs and sorted out the cookies, buns, and cakes.   (source)
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avert as in:  avert a strike

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  • Lincoln tried to avert a war.
  • My driver, a chain-smoking, sweaty little man who introduced himself as Gholam, drove nonchalantly and recklessly, averting collisions by the thinnest of margins, all without so much as a pause in the incessant stream of words spewing from his mouth:   (source)
    averting = avoiding
  • The plain fact was that an ecological disaster had been narrowly averted.   (source)
    averted = prevented
  • Four inclinations toward overcooked lamb had been narrowly averted, more than five bottles of Latour had been poured, and the two members of the Politburo had been equitably seated and equitably served.   (source)
  • Ron was still slightly inclined to laugh at Hermione's boggart, but an argument was averted by the sight that met them on the top of the steps.   (source)
  • After a period of tense negotiations, money was allotted and a potential calamity averted.   (source)
  • Now the car was under control again, and unimaginable disaster was averted.   (source)
  • "Only you'll have to do even better if the uprisings are to be averted," he says.   (source)
  • The news reported that Polish government officials had gone to Germany to meet with that country's leadership to try to avert war.   (source)
    avert = prevent
  • I could go home knowing that I had averted trouble for the second time.   (source)
    averted = prevented
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  • War will be averted and countless lives saved.   (source)
  • It is proposed to make a small presentation to you, in commemoration of your prompt and courageous action in warning the train on the — inst., and thus averting what must, humanly speaking, have been a terrible accident.   (source)
    averting = preventing
  • All dreaded it, all sought to avert it.   (source)
    avert = prevent
  • "Well," he said, "at least disaster is averted."   (source)
    averted = prevented
  • Urging progress, trying to avert letting this small project mire itself.   (source)
    avert = prevent
  • I turned into the driveway relieved, surprised, another near miss averted.   (source)
    averted = prevented
  • 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.'   (source)
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  • My father looks momentarily stricken and then recovers himself, averting his glistening eyes and nodding.†   (source)
  • Lord, avert their eyes from me, I whispered in my soul.†   (source)
  • He glanced at me, his face screwed up in a worried wince, and he quickly averted his gaze when I looked back.†   (source)
  • The rest of us—my aunt, his two young sons, me— stood there, silently, cleaning the plates, averting our eyes.†   (source)
  • 'She's waiting for us just up here,' said Mrs Weasley stiffly, averting her eyes from the lolloping black dog beside Harry.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • Yes, Mae had averted it, she'd been braver than she thought possible, but her nerves, these many months later, were still frayed.†   (source)
  • He tried to avert his eyes from the man now lying on the ground.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
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  • The faces in St. Peter's Square, one by one, averted their eyes from the darkening sky and turned downward, each person in his or her own private moment of wonder.†   (source)
  • Maester Luwin averted his eyes.†   (source)
  • The first defendant was called, and he shuffled past the bar with his eyes averted.†   (source)
  • There are soldiers hurrying up and down the corridor; they avert their eyes and stop talking as I'm wheeled past them.†   (source)
  • Leaning away from the field of Cecilia's body warmth, and averting his eyes from Briony's, he found himself pitching the end of his question into the frightened gaze of Pierrot diagonally to his left.†   (source)
  • Like me, they listen at doors, no doubt, and see things even with their eyes averted.†   (source)
  • Most averted their eyes.†   (source)
  • I'd gotten in enough trouble already for looking where I wasn't supposed to, but still ... After perhaps two minutes of combing through a clover patch with her long, dirty fingernails, Alaska grabbed a clover with three full-size petals and an undersize, runt of a fourth, then looked up at me, barely giving me time to avert my eyes.†   (source)
  • She would have passed it in her usual manner, head down/eyes averted, but everyone knew Clarissa had been my friend.†   (source)
  • Sybil stepped forward, eyes respectfully averted from Queen Levana.†   (source)
  • Hana sighs, keeping her eyes averted.†   (source)
  • Celeste grunted, and we peeked over at her but quickly averted our eyes when she caught us looking.†   (source)
  • It was too far for a shot and he quickly averted his eyes and froze for a moment before moving closer.†   (source)
  • Had we been more alert, less absorbed with ourselves, if we'd worked very hard at that stage when the news about Morningdale first broke, we might have been able to avert it.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • Averting your eyes in the halls.†   (source)
  • Eragon felt his cheeks burn and averted his eyes.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • He was leaning away from me, sitting on the extreme edge of his chair and averting his face like he smelled something bad.†   (source)
  • The first time I saw his pinned sleeve, I couldn't help averting my eyes in alarm.†   (source)
  • He began to glow, and I knew enough about the gods to avert my eyes before he revealed his true divine form.†   (source)
  • Al Shockley said that nothing had happened, nothing at all, but he had averted his eyes when he said it, and if you believed faculty gossip, Al had also climbed aboard the fabled wagon.†   (source)
  • There is a large one on the outskirts of their town; once, stuck in traffic, he and his family had witnessed a burial from a distance, and ever since then, whenever they drive by, his mother always tells them to avert their eyes.†   (source)
  • Headlines around the world read: CARREL'S NEW MIRACLE POINTS WAY TO AVERT OLD AGE!†   (source)
  • A potential crisis had been averted.†   (source)
  • The crisis had been averted, but bigger questions loomed.†   (source)
  • But Loki manages to avert the danger by explaining that Freyja has been looking forward to coming to jotunheim so much that she has not eaten for a week.†   (source)
  • I narrowly averted the missile, and when I reached to examine it, I found a golf ball wrapped in paper.†   (source)
  • But in the end, fear wins out, she averts her eyes, turns away, and goes to replace Y.T. at vat position number nine.†   (source)
  • She made an averting gesture.†   (source)
  • "Yeah," I told her, averting my eyes.†   (source)
  • Father flushed, averted his eyes.†   (source)
  • We kept our eyes averted, for they were all naked.†   (source)
  • If he chose, he could rush to the door, throw it open, hold her in his arms, and weep with her at the tragedy just barely averted.†   (source)
  • My first clue is that he has stopped watching, as if purposely averting his glance, and moved on to the cello.†   (source)
  • She wrung the tiny dress to make a shower of littering particles as I averted my eyes, only to see her in the tilted mirror over the fire, see her eyes scanning me from my feet to the top of my head.†   (source)
  • He'd only just averted the danger of the squad being sent to work at the Socialist Way of Life settlement, and now he was probably deiberating over the "percentage" *[* A paper stating the amount of work done and the percentage of the plan it amounts to.†   (source)
  • They lowered their eyes to avert Tenorio's gaze and scurried for the door.†   (source)
  • Trueba averted his glance to keep from looking at Pedro Tercero's mutilated hand.†   (source)
  • Eleven more cases were reported in the next three months, and in the fifth there was an alarming outbreak, but by the end of the year it was believed that the danger of an epidemic had been averted.†   (source)
  • If I were to make eye contact with someone, give a small smile, and then look down and avert my gaze, you would think I was flirting.†   (source)
  • I remember being really nervous and when I arrived I stuck real close to Phillip and kept my eyes averted from everyone.†   (source)
  • But UFO cleanup crews will help avert a worldwide disaster, signalling an era of peace and harmony.†   (source)
  • He followed her, standing beside her, and looking into her closed, averted face.†   (source)
  • Mari quickly averts her gaze.†   (source)
  • You can't spend the rest of your life tiptoeing around to try and avert disaster.†   (source)
  • She told herself that this research was being done to help find a cure for Ebola, that it was medical research that would help save human lives and might possibly avert a tragedy for the human species.†   (source)
  • I averted my eyes and assured myself it was the frigid air making my legs tremble.†   (source)
  • So when I walked out of a bathroom stall a few minutes before English and found Vikki standing at the sink, reapplying her dark pink lipstick, I had to make an effort to avert my eyes.†   (source)
  • The woman asked the traveler for help, and the man averted his eyes.†   (source)
  • Darlene had her head averted, her eyes staring out of the lamplight into the surrounding darkness and looking almost unconcerned, as though they had no part in the drama taking place around them.†   (source)
  • In a town where police officers, government officials, Hindu priests, and respectable middle-class citizens all averted their eyes from forced prostitution, the only audible voice of conscience belonged to an eleven-year-old boy who was battered each time he spoke up.†   (source)
  • It was 10:30 A.M. Four more hours before I needed to get up and call the FBI, and then try to figure out how to get through the day while I waited to hear news about the bridge accident (hopefully that it was averted), and news about the Higeons kid being found (hopefully alive), and tried to figure out how I'd lead the Full Moon Ritual (hopefully without totally embarrassing myself ).†   (source)
  • Jace looked at her quickly, but her eyes were averted.†   (source)
  • My friend Pedro is standing in the back, his eyes averted.†   (source)
  • With my eyes averted, I am my mother pulling the drawer open to look for the black darning knob, or a spool of thread, or scissors.†   (source)
  • The mound where the deck had buckled resembled a shrouded figure and she averted her eyes.†   (source)
  • I avert my eyes, relieved.†   (source)
  • What will become known as the Cuban missile crisis is now four days old, and his ExComm team—short for Executive Committee of the National Security Council—is close to formulating an aggressive strategy to avert a nuclear attack.†   (source)
  • Her father quickly averted his face and busied himself with the other children during the moments that her mother would first hand her the doll from under the tree.†   (source)
  • "Avert your eyes!" she says in near hysteria, trying desperately to cover herself with the bit of lace and cloth.†   (source)
  • She looked up now to catch Miro turning away, averting his eyes quickly.†   (source)
  • They're both just looking at each other, and Cedric decides not to avert his gaze or fill the silence.†   (source)
  • He merely turned red and averted his eyes.†   (source)
  • Behind them, almost tucked into their backs, came a man who was clearly shying from the camera, averting his face.†   (source)
  • Only Johnnie, speeding down the room away from it all, was doing anything rational to avert the catastrophe.†   (source)
  • He picks his cloak up from the floor and holds it out to me, averting his eyes.†   (source)
  • The king obediently bowed and averted his eyes.†   (source)
  • As she sits down beside Farmer and he begins telling her not that sorcery doesn't exist but that he knows sorcery wasn't involved in this instance, she lifts her chin and averts her face.†   (source)
  • The only way to avert "this American storm" was to reach an accommodation just as soon as possible.†   (source)
  • 'I only lie when it's necessary,' Milo explained defensively, averting his eyes for a moment and blinking his lashes winningly.†   (source)
  • Reporters noted the instant when the three women and the three flagraisers touched fingertips, a moment that "caused onlookers to fall silent and avert their eyes."†   (source)
  • "How's that for temperature, Mr. Jankowski?" she asks, waving her hand in and out of the stream and keeping her gaze discreetly averted.†   (source)
  • He made no effort to avert his gaze.†   (source)
  • You need the Imaginarium Geographica to avert whatever disaster is looming on the world at large.†   (source)
  • Otis averted his eyes, but it was too late.†   (source)
  • Our eyes met and she quickly averted her gaze.†   (source)
  • 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."†   (source)
  • She was a small, delicately plump woman with raven hair in which a thin streak of white had begun almost imperceptibly to show, and when she reappeared in the rich red of a hostess gown she was so striking that I had to avert my somewhat startled eyes.†   (source)
  • War was coming, and America was turning its long-averted face upward.†   (source)
  • Instead of letting them start separate new lives like the Japanese, who could become samurais and geishas, the Chinese family, faces averted but eyes glowering sideways, hung on to the offenders and fed them leftovers.†   (source)
  • Or should they avert public panic by withholding information until they had something more concrete?†   (source)
  • Still, as they pass him, he carefully averts his gaze.†   (source)
  • Instead I averted my eyes from their bigotry, and I avoided the eyes of my friend because I couldn't stand to face him.†   (source)
  • Teleborian had offered concrete advice, and SIS had succeeded in averting a suicide, managing to turn the spy in question into a double agent.†   (source)
  • I could beg you to do it in order to avert a national disaster.†   (source)
  • With her face averted, she sat up and wondered how she was going to find her clothes.†   (source)
  • —would avert by telling us to stand in the corner like naughty children!†   (source)
  • Disaster averted.†   (source)
  • It was not easy to avert their attention, having come so close to a cool body of water.†   (source)
  • It may avert the appearance if not the fact of instability, for the emergency has been labeled beforehand as an isolated act of premeditated violence, not symptomatic of the colony's unrest.†   (source)
  • As Regis approached, the burly spokesman averted his eyes.†   (source)
  • I averted my gaze just as Sherrie looked over at me.†   (source)
  • Though Alessandro was supposed to avert his eyes, he did not.†   (source)
  • I'll have to intervene to avert a massacre.†   (source)
  • Others scatter, averting their faces or hiding behind their sleeves.†   (source)
  • The only occupation that could hope to avert one from drink and romance was gambling.†   (source)
  • In the confusion of Liz's mind, in the turmoil of shame and grief and fear, there predominated the appalling memory of Leamas as she had last seen him in the courtroom, sitting stiffly in his chair, his eyes averted from her own.†   (source)
  • "That's all right," I murmured, averting my eyes away from him.†   (source)
  • "I thought I'd get used to it by now," she said, never averting her eyes from the screen.†   (source)
  • "Yes," he said, his eyes averted.†   (source)
  • He kept trying to avert his head, to no avail.†   (source)
  • He relaxed and smiled, the way one would after averting a terrible danger.†   (source)
  • Almost more than eventual disaster, brave hope that it could be averted undid her.†   (source)
  • ANNIE drops the handkerchief, averts to the window, and is arrested there by the next cry.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • And that I might have averted but for the madness of Denethor.†   (source)
  • I averted my eyes hastily.†   (source)
  • She walked to the carport, head averted as if avoiding a bad odor, her stiff carriage a reprimand, and did not answer.†   (source)
  • It is not the man but the uniform that makes the arrests, takes the insults or the fawning or (most common of all) the averted faces, the stares that pass through him.†   (source)
  • After a minute he stood up and she looked first at his bloody pants legs and then at his face which was not averted from her but was as withdrawn and expressionless as the rest of the countryside.†   (source)
  • He tries to look up in her eyes but she keeps them averted.†   (source)
  • The instinctive reaction would be to swing the wheel to avert a crash ...and there was no margin there, according to Pio.†   (source)
  • JEAN: [also averting his head a little, but very much awake] Well, of all things!†   (source)
  • There will be an unimaginable mess here soon; it's beyond our power to avert it.†   (source)
  • Rufus' father averted his eyes and touched his straw hat lightly; and Rufus, looking back, saw how her dead eyes kept looking gently ahead of her.†   (source)
  • Only the Clay Compromise, Daniel Webster decided, could avert secession and civil war; and he wrote a friend that he planned "to make an honest truth-telling speech and a Union speech, and discharge a clear conscience."†   (source)
  • As the Rhodopsin cap flew up into the anteroom, Reich averted his eyes.†   (source)
  • Three days later he said quietly, his eyes averted, that he was arranging with native builders to put up two barns.†   (source)
  • I have been advised that you have information that can help me avert it.†   (source)
  • They avert their eyes when Maxine accidentally leans over to run her hand through his hair.†   (source)
  • She tries to avert her eyes when she passes by him.†   (source)
  • "I should avert my eyes," I said, playing along.†   (source)
  • And so I trained myself to avert my gaze and not hear, but it wasn't easy.†   (source)
  • Unlike most of the others, he didn't avert his eyes.†   (source)
  • And it may be that if you act, you may avert what I have seen entirely.†   (source)
  • She turns her yellow eyes toward me, and though I do not mean to, I avert my own.†   (source)
  • Unfortunately at the next right-hand turn off the hall I didn't avert my eyes.†   (source)
  • Give him Clarissa Morgenstern and Jace Lightwood, and avert disaster.†   (source)
  • The French don't avert their gaze like other cultures do.†   (source)
  • I had no way to avert it and no power to save you.†   (source)
  • Your strength may delay the moment, but it cannot avert it.†   (source)
  • We must move quickly if we are to avert that dread fate.†   (source)
  • I am unable either to move or to avert my eyes.†   (source)
  • He is right, you must do all you can to avert a struggle for power.†   (source)
  • They shrug, mumble, and avert their gazes.†   (source)
  • The maid holds it open, trying to avert her eyes from our argument.†   (source)
  • But until that instant, the tenant can avert legal closure by coming up with whatever is owed.†   (source)
  • It was difficult to avert another's spells, least of all Galbatorix's.†   (source)
  • Aghast, Roran could only avert his face, hating himself for his cowardice.†   (source)
  • Arya stared at him until he was forced to avert his gaze.†   (source)
  • As he did, Eragon had the satisfaction of seeing two men and a woman flinch and avert their gazes.†   (source)
  • The people keep their distance and avert their eyes while he crams handfuls of fishiness into his mouth and sucks out the eyes and cheeks, groaning with pleasure.†   (source)
  • I was a bit hungry and had to avert my eyes from the sight of the yellow custard with gingko nuts, served in beautiful celadon cups.†   (source)
  • But the beauty of having so many friends out there, as you do, is that one of them, five thousand miles away, has helped you avert a growing risk.†   (source)
  • Feeling jittery and observed, doing my best to avert my face from my fuzzed-out shadow on the monitor, I rode to the eighth floor, 8D 8E 8F 8G, cinderblock walls and rows of faceless doors like some pre-fab Eternity where there was no color but beige and no dust would settle for the rest of time.†   (source)
  • The trick of emptying, in fact the only way it was possible for her, was to close her eyes, hold her breath and avert her head.†   (source)
  • When they pass, we avert our eyes.†   (source)
  • Dany looked away from the coupling, frightened when she realized what was happening, but a second warrior stepped forward, and a third, and soon there was no way to avert her eyes.†   (source)
  • Her attitude seemed to improve by the day, and even her manner of walking and going about tasks — which during the first days had been so slovenly that one had to avert one's eyes — improved dramatically.†   (source)
  • It was the explicit language of the first magistrate of the nation, disclosing to his fellow citizens the honest sentiments of his heart, expressing with proper feeling and sensibility the wrongs done to his injured country, and his determination to attempt to obtain redress; while at the same time it manifested humane anxiety to avert the calamities of war by temperance and negotiations.†   (source)
  • He'd see the car's skeleton in the mountain grass, then avert his eyes and look at Antoine and see that his brother was doing the same.†   (source)
  • When I get closer, I always make sure to avert my eyes because I'm afraid if I glance at him for even a second, the whole world will know everything that goes on in my head.†   (source)
  • She was no maid; if she could look on the grey wall's scenes of slaughter, why should she avert her eyes from the sight of men and women giving pleasure to one another?†   (source)
  • I was careful to avert my eyes when I walked past the kitchen because Dad, obviously thinking the roses were from Toby, had put the bouquet in an antique vase on the dining table last night.†   (source)
  • To avert this and prepare the groundwork for negotiations, I proposed to deal with the three demands made of the ANC by the government as a precondition to negotiations: renouncing violence; breaking with the SACP; and abandoning the call for majority rule.†   (source)
  • The people on the wall and the monsters on the field had to avert their eyes from the brightened power of Cryshal-Tirith.†   (source)
  • The creature slowly turned its attention on Peg, and for the first time, Max saw the murderous vye avert her eyes.†   (source)
  • Soon the entire base of the tower was ringed in a green blur, so bright that the onlookers had to avert their eyes.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • To Nasuada's disappointment, her human and dwarf guards had been hostile to the Urgals they served with, a reaction she anticipated but had been unable to avert or mitigate.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • When she finished, the orb flushed blood-red and then in quick succession shifted from red to green to purple to a ruddy orange to a blue so bright he had to avert his gaze and then to pure black fringed with a corona of twisting white tendrils, like the sun during an eclipse.†   (source)
  • These are the most potent of spells, for they can lie dormant for a thousand years or more and are difficult to perceive or avert.†   (source)
  • We can avert the last.†   (source)
  • It was a climb of no more than a few minutes' duration but one which was interrupted by two singularly memorable occurrences that seemed to fit with ghastly appropriateness into the hallucinatory fabric of her mornings, afternoons and nights at Haus Hoss ... On separate landings—one on the floor above the basement and the other just below the attic—there were dormer windows that gave off on a western exposure, from which Sophie usually tried to avert her eyes, though not always successfully.†   (source)
  • And yet, the order of the acts has been schemed and plotted,
    And nothing can avert the final curtain's fall.†   (source)
  • Is it in our power to avert this blow?†   (source)
  • Surprisingly, her laughter faded away quickly, and she averted her eyes as she spoke.†   (source)
  • She carried herself with such confidence the other demigods backed away and averted their gaze.†   (source)
  • He smiled gratefully at his mother, and she smiled back, relieved, the trouble averted.†   (source)
  • Nekhbet snarled, averting her eyes from his horribleness.†   (source)
  • I averted my eyes, and saw that the other kids were doing the same.†   (source)
  • To Malfoy's left, his wife made an odd, stiff nod, her eyes averted from Voldemort and the snake.†   (source)
  • Mrs. Humphrey has neat ankles, from which he averts his eyes; her hair is dishevelled from the fall.†   (source)
  • He's staring at me so intently I can feel his eyes like a touch, and I keep my eyes averted.†   (source)
  • Harry jumped down from his own bed, keeping his eyes averted from Ron's.†   (source)
  • "I can see you through the curtain," he said, averting his eyes.†   (source)
  • The Helper who took his order nodded silently, averting her eyes, and set about preparing the tray.†   (source)
  • The crisis of the Masonic video had been averted, thank God, but Nola still felt uneasy.†   (source)
  • She stood, averting her eyes, and ran up the basement stairs.†   (source)
  • Frank averted his eyes as if the sight of them together might burn him.†   (source)
  • Even after everything I did to him ....Peter Solomon averted the knife.†   (source)
  • She averted her eyes and covered herself with her hands.†   (source)
  • The Helper took a step backward and averted his eyes.†   (source)
  • She speaks matter-of-factly, but nevertheless she averts her gaze.†   (source)
  • Hazel averted her eyes, as if Leo made her nervous.†   (source)
  • May was between her and Dad, her face averted, her cries almost as pained as Marlee's.†   (source)
  • I knew most of the farmers, but I kept my head down and averted my eyes.†   (source)
  • Sticky averted his eyes and didn't look that direction again.†   (source)
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