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swerve (swɜːv)
1.  to turn or cause to turn aside, usually sharply or suddenly, from a course
2.  (tr) to avoid (a person or event)
3.  the act, instance, or degree of swerving
[Old English sweorfan to scour; related to Old High German swerban to wipe off, Gothic afswairban to wipe off, Old Norse sverfa to file]

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