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Divert

To turn aside. Business is the regular walk or current of our life, but pleasure is a diversion or turning aside for a time from the straight line. What we call diversion is called in French distraction, drawing aside. (Latin, di-verto, to turn aside; dis-traho, to draw aside.)

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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