When all the attention is focused on you and you change the subject and get people to change what they are talking about, this is an example of a time when you deflect the conversation.
Origin of deflectClassical Latin deflectere ; from de-, from + flectere, to bend
intr. & tr.v.de·flect·ed, de·flect·ing, de·flects
Origin of deflectLatin d&emacron;flectere : d&emacron;-, de- + flectere, to bend.
(third-person singular simple present deflects, present participle deflecting, simple past and past participle deflected)
- To make (something) deviate from its original path.
- (intransitive) To deviate from its original path.
- (figuratively) To avoid addressing (questions, criticism, etc.).
- The Prime Minister deflected some increasingly pointed questions by claiming he had an appointment.
- (figuratively) To divert (attention, etc.).