head off

phrasal verb
Word forms "head off":
present tense I/you/we/they head off he/she/it heads off present participle heading off past tense headed off past participle headed off
1) [transitive] to prevent something from taking place

The police acted quickly and managed to head off a violent confrontation.

2) [intransitive] informal to leave

We should be heading off soon.

3) [transitive] to prevent someone from going somewhere by getting in front of them

Let's try and head them off before they cross the bridge.


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