To turn aside or cause to turn aside; bend or deviate.(verb-transitive)
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Use "deflect" in a sentence
"Does she think if she screams "Death Panels" it will deflect from the very unflattering Vanity Fair article about her?"
"Have you forgotten this or are the pathetic misleading and anti police stories your idea of reigniting the class war to deflect from the current ills of the New Labour Government."
"Meanwhile the GOP has embraced the tenets of the KKK at the core values level and all you can do is deflect from the evil that you “now” represent."