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1. To deflect something; to direct or divert something away. A noun or pronoun can be used between "turn" and "aside." Special shielding on the space shuttle's windows turns harmful solar radiation aside to protect the astronauts inside. The president turned aside questions about his involvement with the company and changed the subject to matters of foreign policy.
2. To refuse someone entry from place or event. A noun or pronoun can be used between "turn" and "aside." Anyone who is late will be turned aside. They turned me aside because they said I wasn't dressed formally enough.
3. To reject or dismiss something. A noun or pronoun can be used between "turn" and "aside." They turned aside my entreaties to reverse their decision. Unfortunately, we've had to turn a number of applications aside because the applicants did not follow the instructions correctly.
4. To divert someone or cause someone to deviate from some activity, course, or direction. A noun or pronoun can be used between "turn" and "aside." Having kids turned me aside from my ambitions as a writer, but I don't feel any regrets about it. Don't let the promise of power or wealth turn you aside from your moral compass.
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.
turn someone aside
to divert someone from the flow of people. The attendant turned the poorly dressed man aside. The attendant turned aside all the persons who arrived late.
turn something aside
to evade something. Ann turned the awkward questions aside. She turned aside the questions she didn't want to answer.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
1. To deflect something: cause something to turn or deviate: The goalie turned aside six of the seven shots. The manager turned all of the allegations aside.
2. To reject or refuse someone or something: The office turned aside my request. The company turned my complaints aside.
3. To deviate from a certain way, course, or direction: I turned aside from the career path that my father had taken.
4. turn aside from To cause someone to turn or deviate from a certain way, course, or direction: My rowdy friends turned me aside from my studies.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.