head off

head off
prevent the occurrence of; prevent from happening (Freq. 3)

Let's avoid a confrontation


head off a confrontation


avert a strike

debar, ↑forefend, ↑forfend, ↑obviate, ↑deflect, ↑avert, ↑stave off, ↑fend off, ↑avoid, ↑ward off
Derivationally related forms: ↑avoidable (for: ↑avoid), ↑avertible (for: ↑avert), ↑avertable (for: ↑avert), ↑obviation (for: ↑obviate)
Hypernyms: ↑prevent, ↑forestall, ↑foreclose, ↑preclude, ↑forbid
Verb Frames:

Somebody ——s something


Something ——s something

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head off [phrasal verb]
1 : to go to another place

I'll see you later–I'm heading off.

He headed off to work.

2 head (someone) off or head off (someone) : to stop (someone) from moving forward

We can head them off at the pass.

3 head (something) off or head off (something) : to prevent (something) from happening

They tried to head off the crisis by raising interest rates.

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