Synonyms of 'deflect'
a manoeuvre to deflect our attention from what was happening
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If you avert your eyes or gaze from someone or something, you look away from them.
He kept his eyes averted.
If you bend something that is flat or straight, you use force to make it curved or to put an angle in it.
Bend the bar into a horseshoe.
Thesaurus for deflect from the Collins English Thesaurus
If you deflect something such as criticism or attention , you act in a way that prevents it from being directed towards you or affecting you.