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    ward off

    Dear teachers,

    Would you tell me whether I am right with my interpretation of the expression in bold in the following sentence?

    The proposed austerity measures are seen by European governments as a way to ward off future debt crises, such as the one that has seen Greece receive financial bailouts from the EU and the International Monetary Fund.

    ward off = parry, defend against, to keep something at distance

    Thank you for your efforts.

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    Re: ward off

    Quote Originally Posted by vil View Post
    Dear teachers,

    Would you tell me whether I am right with my interpretation of the expression in bold in the following sentence?

    The proposed austerity measures are seen by European governments as a way to ward off future debt crises, such as the one that has seen Greece receive financial bailouts from the EU and the International Monetary Fund.

    ward off = parry, defend against, to keep something at distance

    Thank you for your efforts.

    Regards,

    V
    .
    Here "ward off" means 'prevent'.
    Last edited by 2006; 02-Oct-2010 at 15:57.

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    Re: ward off

    prevent = anticipate, avert, avoid, bar, block, check, counteract, defend against, forestall, hamper, head off, hinder, impede, inhibit, intercept, obstruct, restrain, stave off, thwart, ward off

    Cambers Cambridge Dictionary of Synonyms 1993

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