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 for head off
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  head off
      v 1: prevent the occurrence of; prevent from happening; "Let's
           avoid a confrontation"; "head off a confrontation"; "avert
           a strike" [syn: debar, forefend, forfend, obviate,
           deflect, avert, head off, stave off, fend off,
           avoid, ward off]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  30 Moby Thesaurus words for "head off":
     avert, bear off, draw aside, ease off, edge off, fly off, gee,
     glance, glance off, go off, haw, jib, make way for, move aside,
     sheer off, shove aside, shunt, shy, shy off, side, sidestep,
     sidetrack, sidle, steer clear of, step aside, switch, turn aside,
     turn away, turn back, veer off

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