One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘the bullet was deflected sideways’
turn aside, turn away, divert, avert, sidetrack
distract, draw away
block, parry, stop, fend off, stave off
2‘the ball deflected off the centre half’
bounce, glance, ricochet
turn aside, turn away, turn, alter course, change course, change direction, diverge, deviate
veer, swerve, slew, drift, bend, swing, twist, curve
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