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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With an alarming resurgence of anti-Semitism over the past few years, todays International Holocaust Remembrance Day is a time to reflect on the perils of when people turn their head in the face of this sort of bigotry.
If there is a look of surprise on a person's face, dogs tend to turn their head to the right.
Journalist Zlate Lozanovski comments in Sloboden pecat that all the members from the Council of Public Prosecutors voted for dismissing state public prosecutor Marko Zvrlevski, except President Petar Anevski who considers that Zvrlevski is the perfect prosecutor and condemned his colleagues for turning their back, or better yet for becoming the sunflowers who turn their head away from their previous stands and decisions.
Once they stop eating, turn their head away when offered food, or push their plate away, don't persist.
They then inhale through the mouth as they turn their head to either side.
If they slowly turn their head from left to right they can see the better part of the area around them.
Once the athletes become skilled at sticking the landings without losing their balance, we make the exercise more challenging by having the athletes close one or both eyes and turn their head to the right or left.
"Where you or I would just turn their head to the right, he has to turn his whole body."
Lefties identified in the womb were also more likely to turn their head to the left after birth, one very early sign of left handedness, Hepper notes.
First they asked 87 students to sit upright with their heads properly aligned on their necks and asked them to turn their heads. Then the students were asked to "scrunch" their necks and jut their heads forward.
I SUSPECT most people turn their heads at this time of year to see the floral displays outside the recently refurbished magnificent Maltsters Arms, with its quality garden furniture aimed at luring passers by.
Some babies have a tendency to turn their heads in one direction more easily than the other for the first few months of life.
When people do grand jetes and they turn their heads to look in the mirror, they never get that joie of air.
MOST people turn their heads to the right when kissing, a German researcher who peeked at 124 courting couples in the interests of science reported today.
But we are no longer safe from them and the courts turn their heads.