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amulet a charm or talisman worn for good luck or to ward off evil.
committeeman a male political party leader of a ward or precinct. [1/2 definitions]
committeewoman a female political party leader of a ward or precinct. [1/2 definitions]
fend to repel; ward off (often fol. by off). [1/3 definitions]
heeler see ward heeler. [1/2 definitions]
keep the wolf from the door to ward off poverty.
loony bin (slang; often offensive) an insane asylum or psychiatric ward.
shield a piece of protective armor, made of any of various tough materials, usu. worn on the forearm to ward off missiles or blows from hand weapons. [1/7 definitions]
sic1 to attack (used esp. as a command to a dog to pursue prey, ward off an intruder, or the like). [1/2 definitions]
stave off to keep at a distance; ward off. [1/2 definitions]
triage a system of determining priority of medical treatment, on the basis of need, chances of survival, and the like, to victims on a battlefield or in a hospital emergency ward. [1/2 definitions]
ward heeler a minor politician who solicits votes and performs other work for the ward organization of a political machine.