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divert
used in Gone with the Wind

11 uses
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Definition
to change the direction of something; or to distract someone's attention

or more rarely:  to change the purpose for which something is used — such as an army or funds
  • "Maybe there won't be any war," Mrs. Tarleton temporized, her mind diverted completely from the Wilkeses' odd marriage habits.
    1.5 (93% in)
  • They put their own grief into the background in order to divert her.
    2.8 (88% in)
  • Frantically she cast about in her mind for some other topic of conversation which would not be so personal but which would divert Mr. O'Hara from the purpose of his trip.
    2.10 (57% in)
  • Scarlett and Melanie both were thinking of Ashley, as they always did when urgent tasks or the necessity of carrying on a conversation did not divert them.
    3.17 (7% in)
  • But she was so glad now to have someone to talk to, someone to divert her thoughts from Ashley, that she hastily put the memory from her mind.
    3.19 (60% in)
  • That lady, suddenly diverted, as Will had intended, from thoughts of Suellen to the always fascinating matter of breeding, be it animal or human, took Scarlett's arm.
    4.40 (54% in)
  • Now, he's going to talk about Ashley and the mill! and she hastened to smile and show her dimple to divert him.
    4.43 (26% in)
  • You bore me to distraction," said Scarlett coldly, hoping to annoy him and divert him from the everunfortunate subject of Ashley.
    4.43 (72% in)
  • You haven't got any other—" began Wade and then seeing Rhett reach for the decanter of claret, the excitement at being included in this grown-up ceremony diverted him.
    5.50 (72% in)
  • It was as though the swift flood of his life had been diverted into one narrow channel.
    5.58 (8% in)
  • Only the new friends came calling in their shining carriages, anxious to tell her of their sympathy, eager to divert her with gossip about other new friends in whom she was not at all interested.
    5.60 (77% in)

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