turn (one's) back on (someone or something)(redirected from turn one's back on something)
turn (one's) back on (someone or something)
To ignore, disregard, or exclude someone or something; to abandon, give up on, or forsake someone or something. It's clear that the company has turned its back on customers. After becoming a successful writer, Jim turned his back on all the people he used to know back home.
turn one's back on
Deny, reject; also abandon, forsake. For example, I can't turn my back on my own daughter, no matter what she's done, or He simply turned his back on them and never gave it a second thought. [c. 1400] Also see when one's back is turned.
turn your back on someone
COMMON If someone turns their back on you, they ignore you and refuse to help you. We appeal to this conference — do not turn your back on the poor. Our job is to protect children and we can't just turn our backs on them.
turn your back on something
COMMON If you turn your back on something, you reject it or stop being involved in it. He had turned his back on his Communist past and formed a completely new party. The organisation says that young people are increasingly turning their backs on marriage.