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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I lay all this while, as the reader may believe, in great uneasiness: at length, struggling to get loose, I had the fortune to break the strings, and wrench out the pegs that fastened my left arm to the ground; for, by lifting it up to my face, I discovered the methods they had taken to bind me, and at the same time with a violent pull, which game me excessive pain, I a little loosened the strings that tied down my hair on the left side, so that I was just able to turn my head about two inches.
He said: " As I fly today with British Airways - I wonder if I am the only person left in the world who likes to relax in a comfortable seat and dreamily turn my head to the window and get lost in the ever-changing wonders of the planet as they drift by?
Autumn brings you to my mind With its hues of brown and gold For your auburn hair and your hazel eyes Were so lovely to behold Your touch was gentle as the breeze That makes the first leaves fall And in the wind as it softly blows I can sometimes hear your call I turn my head to see your face But alas I look in vain Then my tears of heartache fall Like early autumn rain Though the trees at autumn's end Of leaves are stark and bare For them the spring will come again But for me there is just despair by Philip A.
But as soon as I avert my eyes or turn my head, the rabbit is gone.
I'm not going to turn my head around for some queen on the street.
I knew I should not look at her but turn my head away as if in pleasure and watch the storm blow in through the square its torn clouds.