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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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Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit, ruling that the county could lawfully turn away Doyle himself even as it was being forced to accept older applicants who - both the county and Doyle agreed - were less suitable recruits than he was.
It will be the first time St Echlin's school in Kinnegad has had to turn away students.
Means wouldn't comment on how security guards decide whom to turn away other than to say the company worked with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department to create criteria.
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.
Rangers were quickly out of the blocks and Jamie Ashdown had to be on his toes to turn away a Paul Furlong effort.
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.
He felt the position at IMNET represented an opportunity that he simply could not turn away.
If she can afford to turn away business, well then fair play to her.
And I never could turn away one - no matter how emotionally injured - from my door stop.
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.
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.
The groups also are beginning to turn away potential clients.