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Use "ward off" in a sentence
"The large palace complex was located on a rock terrace rising above the plain and was approached by a broad double stairway guarded by statues of giant bulls to ward off evil, a borrowing from earlier Mesopotamian iconography."
"Leonnatus took up position on one side of the king while Peucestas held the Trojan shield above him to ward off the stones and arrows that rained down on them."
"It was pointless to clean the house ahead of time; no amount of cleaning could ward off the3A.M.ritual."