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turn away

1. To turn one's body, head, or eyes in a different direction. I just turned away as the couple started fighting in front of me. Don't turn away—look at me!
2. To dismiss, reject, spurn, or refuse someone or something. In this usage, a name, noun, or pronoun can be used between "turn" and "away." It broke my heart, but I had to turn the couple away because they didn't meet our lending criteria. The store began turning customers away who hadn't already reserved one of the new smartphones. She turned away his romantic advances.
3. To repel, repulse, or ward off someone or something. In this usage, a name, noun, or pronoun can be used between "turn" and "away." Extremely high prices in the area have been turning away would-be home owners. The sight of blood turned me away.
4. To divert or deflect someone or something. In this usage, a name, noun, or pronoun can be used between "turn" and "away." Despite numerous scandals coming to light, the politician has managed to turn away serious criticism nearly everyone. The sight of blood turned me away.
See also: away, turn

turn (someone or an animal) away (from something)

to cause someone or an animal to avoid moving toward something; to cause someone or an animal to avoid moving toward harm. The police officer turned the pedestrians away from the scene of the accident. He turned the horses away from the gate.
See also: away, turn

turn away

1. Send away, dismiss, as in They ran short and had to turn away many customers. [Late 1500s]
2. Repel, as in The high prices turned away prospective buyers.
3. Avert, deflect, as in She managed to turn away all criticism. [Late 1300s]
See also: away, turn

turn away

v.
1. To rotate and face another direction; avert one's eyes: I tried to speak to my friends, but they just turned away. Turn away while I get dressed.
2. To send someone or something away; dismiss someone or something: We turned away the people who were looking for a job. The new boss turns all criticism away.
3. To repel someone or something: The poor location of the house turned away prospective buyers. The horrible smell turned the police officer away.
4. turn away from To abandon or forsake someone or something: The volunteers turned away from the agency because they felt unappreciated.
5. turn away from To cause someone or something to abandon or forsake someone or something: Their college life turned our children away from our traditional values.
See also: away, turn
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Gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell said: "David Cameron needs to clarify whether he agrees with Chris Grayling that B&B owners should have a right to turn away gay couples.
Ashdown was then forced into a superb save to turn away Kevin Gallen's fierce right- footed effort as QPR piled on the pressure.
But in the 10 days that follow Rosh Hashana, Jews have a chance to turn away from wrongdoing, ask for forgiveness for any wrongs done to others and repent before the book is ``closed'' on Yom Kippur.
A shofar, or ram's horn, is blown near the end of the morning service as a symbolic reminder for Jews to ``wake up'' and turn away from wrongdoing.
We're constantly operating our factory at capacity, so if we have to turn away business, we don't want to turn away someone who will pay us for someone who won't.
And I never could turn away one - no matter how emotionally injured - from my door stop.
Summary: Bed and breakfasts run by Christians should be allowed to turn away gay couples because of their sexuality, a leading Conservative said.
Colette said raising funds is increasingly important for the sanctuary, which, for the first time in its 21-year history, recently had to turn away animals in need.
The Wildlife Waystation had to turn away 47 chimpanzees and other primates, ``retired'' from research laboratories, because it could not afford the $600,000 additional yearly cost of caring for them, she said.
Federal funding cuts beginning last year and totaling 30 percent of the group's budget, however, have forced the poverty law attorneys to turn away an increasing number of cases.
Reluctant to turn away poor people in need, the legal-aid attorneys increasingly take cases only if they can be settled in a few weeks.
The groups also are beginning to turn away potential clients.
While reluctant to turn away poor people in need, that is what both groups already are beginning to do.