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turn heads

To capture people's attention due to being exceptionally interesting, beautiful, unusual, or novel. The image is of people literally turning to stare at something as it passes by. The deliveryman always turned heads as he walked by the cubicles. The new concept car is really turning heads at the auto show and attracting a lot of press.
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turn heads

COMMON If someone or something turns heads, they are so beautiful, unusual, or impressive that people notice them and admire them. At the age of 20, the dark-haired actress was already turning heads in the right places. It's a handsome car that turns heads wherever it goes. Note: Journalists sometimes describe someone or something as head-turning, or refer to them as a head-turner. Gardams' designers have created a range of head-turning evening wear in their latest collection. The car is solid, fun to drive, quick off the blocks and a real head-turner.
See also: head, turn

turn heads

attract a great deal of attention or interest.
See also: head, turn
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BEIRUT: Looks signed by Lebanese designers at the 2015 Oscars after parties turned heads in Hollywood this week.
Mexico finally looked like the team that turned heads in Germany last year at the Confederations Cup.
The supermodel, 30, turned heads as she joined two girlfriends for a spending spree followed by a bite to eat in London's upmarket Bond Street.
Natalie Wakefield, of Mini, said: "There's no doubt it turned heads in Newcastle.
There had already been a handful of stunning black women who had turned heads in American and European fashion shows as early as 1940, and many of them were chronicled in the 1998 book Skin Deep.
These sister investors, who turned heads at the gathering of 5,000--mostly white--investors represent a growing number of African Americans seeking to create wealth in the stock market.
Also attracting national attention were new and solid couples and new and trendy couples who were "items" in columns and who turned heads and set tongues wagging.
Open, Ogilvy turned heads with his all around game highlighted by a chip-in for a par at the 17th and his great up and down on the 18th.
Summary: The royal family turned heads in a host of elaborate hats and fascinators at the 2011 Epsom Derby.
Meanwhile, former Hills star turned author Lauren Conrad, 24, far left, turned heads in a multi-coloured creation while strolling around Malibu with boyfriend Kyle Howard.
And while it might not be the most obvious material for a swimming costume, it certainly turned heads.
Two USC sophomores, Lionel Larry and Carol Rodriguez, turned heads by winning their first races against professional athletes.