de|flect [ dı`flekt ] verb
1. ) transitive to direct criticism, attention, or blame away from yourself toward someone else:
The company was criticized for trying to deflect the blame for the accident.
deflect something from something: It was designed to deflect attention from domestic political problems.
2. ) transitive to make someone change their plans or stop what they are doing:
deflect someone from (doing) something: Violence will not deflect us from seeking a peaceful political settlement to the problems.
3. ) intransitive or transitive if something deflects, or is deflected, it starts to move in a different direction, usually because it has hit something:
The ball skimmed off Shearer's head and was deflected past Meldrum.

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.