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Happiness is the interval between periods of unhappiness.
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Verb

Infinitive
to ward off

Third person singular
wards off

Simple past
warded off

Past participle
warded off

Present participle
warding off

to ward off (third-person singular simple present wards off, present participle warding off, simple past and past participle warded off)
  1. (transitive) to parry, or turn aside
    He raised his arms to ward off the attack.
  2. (transitive) to avert or prevent
    He wore garlic to ward off vampires.

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