turn (one's) head

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turn (one's) head

1. To avoid paying attention to something uncomfortable, undesirable, unsafe, or inconvenient. We all knew that what the board of directors was doing was wrong, but we all just turned our heads because we were still profiting from it. Everyone turned their heads when we raised concerns years ago, and look at what happened as a result!
2. To cause someone to suddenly become fixated or infatuated. She spent all summer exercising and changing her eating habits, and she turned everyone's heads when she came back to school that fall.
3. To cause someone to become arrogant, conceited, or self-important. He's a pretty mediocre writer, but getting published in that literary journal seems to have turned his head.
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turn someone's head

Fig. [for flattery or success] to distract someone; to cause someone not to be sensible. Don't let our praise turn your head. You're not perfect! Her successes had turned her head. She was now quite arrogant.
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turn one's head

1. Cause to become infatuated, as in The new teacher turned all the girls' heads. [Mid-1800s]
2. Cause to become conceited, as in Winning that prize has turned his head. A 16th-century translator of Seneca used this phrase: "His head was turned by too great success" ( Ad Lucullus, 1571).
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turn someone's head

make someone conceited.
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turn somebody’s ˈhead

(of success, praise, etc.) make a person feel too proud in a way that other people find annoying: You’d better stop giving me all these compliments, or you’ll turn my head!
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References in classic literature ?
He was lying flat on his back in bed and he did not turn his head toward her as she came in.
In the video, Muhammad Sameer, 14, from Karachi, Pakistan, shows off his unbelievable ability ot turn his head completely backwards without moving his torso.
It's very disappointing that John Stones has seemingly allowed Chelsea and the London media to turn his head and convince him that he's now too good for the likes of plucky little Everton.
He was given 15 sessions and was able to turn his head and speak single words.
And how many times can a man turn his head, pretending he just doesn't see?"
He was going to get Tyler to not only turn his head away from food but was going to put food in front of him which he would leave.
tie lead ropes on both sides of the headcollar) just tight enough for him to turn his head -but not so that he can turn round completely.
As Martin climbs and pivots, never ceasing to move and turn his head, the mirrored image acquires an expressive and aesthetic dimension: It turns into quasi art.
He might turn his head briefly to check us out; maybe offer a smile or a nod.
He was told that he would never be able even to turn his head. But he was so determined to make his muscles work again that he can now move his head, shoulders and even his left arm.
Lines says that while he has not had a same-sex encounter for more than a decade, good-looking men still turn his head. "I try to be as honest as I can about this, and the truth is that the recovery process is a lifetime one," he says.
The back must be drilled to turn his head to find the ball as a "hot" receiver whenever "W" passes by him.
Still someone saws logs, thinking of winter, and a woman passes, but he doesn't turn his head.
"If he didn't turn his head, he would have been hit in the back of the head and he would have been dead."