Below are possible answers for the crossword clue Deflect, as comments.
5 letter answer(s) to deflect, as comments
avoid or try to avoid fulfilling, answering, or performing (duties, questions, or issues); "He dodged the issue"; "she skirted the problem"; "They tend to evade their responsibilities"; "he evaded the questions skillfully"
impede the movement of (an opponent or a ball); "block an attack"
a return punch (especially by a boxer)
(fencing) blocking a lunge or deflecting it with a circular motion of the sword
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