turn (one) away from (someone or something)

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turn (one) away from (someone or something)

To cause one to abandon, quit, disown, or be repelled or repulsed by someone or something. The ugliness of the last election turned many people away from politics for good. Extremely high prices have been turning would-be homeowners away from buying property in the area.
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turn away from (someone or something)

1. Literally, to turn one's body, head, or eyes in a different direction than someone or something, typically to avoid facing or looking at them. I turned away from the couple as they started fighting in front of me. Don't turn away from me—look me in the eye!
2. To abandon, quit, or disown someone or something. I know that many people are turning away from the traditional political parties because they feel like they aren't adequately represented by either. I turned away from the police force due to the corruption I encountered every day.
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"I was the first IRA man to publicly turn away from the IRA in 1977 and after the Pope's visit, scores of other prisoners left.
It focuses on the Pope's famous appeal in Drogheda: "On my knees I beg you to turn away from the paths of violence and return to the ways of peace," in front of a quarter of a million people and argues this sowed the earliest seeds of peace.
Mercer argue that if we won't turn away from those among us whose lives of intimate fidelity are shared with a person of the same sex, we must turn away from covenant relation with those with whom we disagree on this singular issue.
He begs us not to turn away from any of his sisters and brothers, but to accept the unity he offers up out of his own breath and blood.
No, now is a time to turn away from the injustices of old and to begin to bear good fruit.
We have cleaned up the language a bit from the time of John, but in our baptism we also are called to turn away from our sinful ways.
I refer to Haydn Evans' letter (Viewpoints, February 7) regarding the mindless selfish people who attack firemen with stones, in which he expressed the idea that the firemen should turn away from a fire and aim their hoses on the wrongdoers.
It is questionable whether middle class Anglos are going to turn away from their individualistic ways.
The attack and destruction of Port-Royal was the external manifestation of what was already happening within some of the members of the Arnauld family, as they began to turn away from the intense piety and commitment to religious reform that characterized members of the family from the mid-sixteenth to mid-seventeenth centuries.
The word "repent" means to "grieve for and turn away from" an action or thought.
She sparked a wave of anger by speaking on radio saying therapy can help gay people turn away from their lifestyle.