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turn away

1. Literally, to turn one's body, head, or eyes in a different direction, typically to avoid facing or looking at someone or something. I 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 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 away customers who hadn't already preordered the device. She turned away his romantic advances.
3. To repel, repulse, or ward off someone or something. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "turn" and "away." Extremely high prices in the area have been turning away would-be homeowners. The sight of blood turned me away.
4. To divert or deflect someone or something. In this usage, a 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.
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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.
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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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The disciples wanted to send the people to the nearest village for food, but Jesus refused to turn them away hungry.
When they informed the owners, it was illegal to turn them away on the grounds of their sexuality, they claim she said that because the property was her private home she was not breaking the law.
Asked how they would react if a pregnant woman and her partner knocked on their door begging for help, 24 per cent admitted they would turn them away.
It broke my heart to have to turn them away, but parts of the Gibside course are quite narrow and, as in previous years, we have stipulated a limit of 500.
Some are still content to take liberties and when this happens, bus drivers should turn them away from their vehicles.
Learn to identify ritualistic and intrusive thought patterns, and learn how to deflect them and turn them away with an excellent self-help guide to why obsessive thoughts persist and how psychologists treat the disorder.
Gumbleton best captures the vacuous ineptitude of these groups that seek to enable same-sex genital sexual behavior when he said, "I just don't understand why we in the church would turn them away or create such an atmosphere that they would feel totally unwelcomed.
The sight of a pathetic US team being mauled will turn them away from the sport forever.
We had a few South American fans here earlier, who were very disappointed when we had to turn them away and tell them to go elsewhere.
Unfortunately for our nation, the Pentagon will turn them away.
Mr Curtis said: "As Val was giving birth, our beer delivery arrived and I had to turn them away.
During the years they live separately, they maintain contact and continue to remind each other of the importance of following through with their vows to become strong, successful black women and never let a man turn them away from their dreams, that they made during their early days back home.
Against: Many young people would lose the academic momentum they've built up through high school; the lure of travel or income from a job could turn them away from further education.