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alienate (one) from

1. To isolate or estrange one from something. Her status as the teacher's pet alienated Lisa from her peers.
2. To cause a person or group to reject something. The candidate alienated many potential voters from his party when he insulted blue-collar workers.
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alienate someone from someone or something

to cause someone to feel negative about someone or something. The teacher alienated the entire class from the subject of calculus.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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She has assaulted two of the three children and she has further abused all three children by keeping them from their father physically and alienating them emotionally from him."
That is, there are no mixed feelings with these children; the targeted parent is all "bad" and the alienating parent is all "good."
This perception does not, however, excuse school improvement and does not justify abandoning the effort to create less alienating schools.
Like Leinwand, Sullivan is dismissive of Appleby's impalpable, alienating market, and proposes a new model in which mercantile activity is an occasion not for anxiety, but for cheerful opportunity: "the possibility of loss, the necessity to play oneself, the ceaseless bargaining are present but seen as openings for profit" (22).
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Unlike Kovacevich, most CEOs cannot afford to take the risk of alienating analysts and investors.
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position on health issues and international instruments has been so combative and isolationist we've ended up alienating traditional friends, especially Europeans," he told the Los Angeles Times.
Chavez commands popular support but he spent much of his election campaign railing against the "corrupt oligarchy and alienating the country's Catholic Church, media, private sector, oil workers and foreign investors.
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Both directors share the goal of encouraging a new audience for the Volksoper without alienating those who already attend.
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Yet while the life-size photographic portraits against mirrored surfaces are often taken as typical of the period, they exhibit an alienating, conceptual dimension that was not fully to unfold for another decade.
Any situation can be alienating. Being in church can be alienating.
Few managers realize that discussing a company's future plans with a contingency is alienating, not encourgaging.