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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.
See also: away, turn

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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We were consistent and nobody could turn us away from the chosen path, the President emphasized.
But oftentimes, God wants us not to give, but to give up things, especially those that turn us away from Him.
Turn us away from impunity against his laws and ours
Difference in political perceptions, ideologies and endeavours of life shall not turn us away from what makes us distinct from flora and fauna.
It triggers strong feelings of unease and even revulsion, that will quickly turn us away from interacting with the offending object in future."
Why would anyone choose to go without health insurance, especially now that it's affordable and companies can't turn us away?
They won't turn us away, or turn away 1 from rich and powerful people like us.
Keeping our fingers crossed that they won't turn us away isn't good enough.
Turn us away from our exhausted, dark winter state of mind and re-turn us to the light and warmth of your compassion and forgiveness.
An expose of the foulness of the poultry industry, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall (left) does his best to turn us away from intensely-farmed and on to free-range
In all three readings, God turns us away from all things that might turn us away from God so that we see, with clarity, God and God's goodness.
Out of respect for British forms of Christianity, the Eastern Church has not actively looked for converts from this country, but should we sincerely seek refuge with them they will not turn us away. Certainly, I was made to feel unreservedly welcome.
Do these countries turn us away or put us and our children in prison?
'When we are talking about pride we are talking about things which make us self-centred and turn us away from other people and other things around us,' he explained.