Verb > Deflect

Verb > Deflect

1 : a (+ object) : to cause (something that is moving) to change direction

armor that can deflect bullets

The goalie deflected the ball with his hands.

b : (no object) : to hit something and suddenly change direction

The ball deflected off the goalie’s shoulder.

2 : (+ object) : to keep (something, such as a question) from affecting or being directed at a person or thing

She’s skilled at deflecting (=avoiding) questions/criticism.

They are trying to deflect attention from the troubled economy.

The blame was deflected from the chairman.