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used in The Sunlight Dialogues

3 uses
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prevent from happening


turn away or aside — often to turn your eyes away from something
  • 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.
    5 — Hunting Wild Asses (7% in)
  • The times were wrong, not incorrupt and not out of joint but subtly mellowed, decayed to ambiguity: If right and wrong were as clear as ever, they were clear chiefly on a private scale, and though God was in his Heaven yet, He had somewhat altered, had become archetypal of a new, less awesome generation of fathers: Wisdom watching the world with half-averted eyes, chewing His ancient lip thoughtfully, mildly, venturing an occasional rueful smile.
    3 — Lion Emerging from Cage (33% in)
  • A freight train stood on the siding across the street, and Kleppmann shuddered, went pale, averted his eyes.
    14 — The Wilderness (59% in)

There are no more uses of "avert" in The Sunlight Dialogues.

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