turn (one's) head

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turn (one's) head

1. To avoid paying attention to something uncomfortable, undesirable, unsafe, or inconvenient. We all knew that what the board of directors was doing was wrong, but we all just turned our heads because we were still profiting from it. Everyone turned their heads when we raised concerns years ago, and look at what happened as a result!
2. To cause someone to suddenly become fixated or infatuated. She spent all summer exercising and changing her eating habits, and she turned everyone's heads when she came back to school that fall.
3. To cause someone to become arrogant, conceited, or self-important. He's a pretty mediocre writer, but getting published in that literary journal seems to have turned his head.
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turn someone's head

Fig. [for flattery or success] to distract someone; to cause someone not to be sensible. Don't let our praise turn your head. You're not perfect! Her successes had turned her head. She was now quite arrogant.
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turn one's head

1. Cause to become infatuated, as in The new teacher turned all the girls' heads. [Mid-1800s]
2. Cause to become conceited, as in Winning that prize has turned his head. A 16th-century translator of Seneca used this phrase: "His head was turned by too great success" ( Ad Lucullus, 1571).
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turn someone's head

make someone conceited.
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turn somebody’s ˈhead

(of success, praise, etc.) make a person feel too proud in a way that other people find annoying: You’d better stop giving me all these compliments, or you’ll turn my head!
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If England came knocking then it does turn your head -but I'm very happy at St Andrews.
Turn your head slightly to the left, repeat and then to the right.
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1 -- 4) If the avant-garde architecture, top left, doesn't turn your head then the views of the private beaches at the Westin Regina Spa and Resort, top right, are sure to do so.
Turn your head to the left and gaze across your left hand.
Bloated and ignorant, they almost make you want to turn your head.
If watching a game live, turn your head to one side and see if you can still follow the action.
You turn your head, and he's gone by you to the basket.