turn aside

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turn aside

1. To deflect something; to direct or divert something away. A noun or pronoun can be used between "turn" and "aside." Special shielding on the space shuttle's windows turns harmful solar radiation aside to protect the astronauts inside. The president turned aside questions about his involvement with the company and changed the subject to matters of foreign policy.
2. To refuse someone entry from place or event. A noun or pronoun can be used between "turn" and "aside." Anyone who is late will be turned aside. They turned me aside because they said I wasn't dressed formally enough.
3. To reject or dismiss something. A noun or pronoun can be used between "turn" and "aside." They turned aside my entreaties to reverse their decision. Unfortunately, we've had to turn a number of applications aside because the applicants did not follow the instructions correctly.
4. To divert someone or cause someone to deviate from some activity, course, or direction. A noun or pronoun can be used between "turn" and "aside." Having kids turned me aside from my ambitions as a writer, but I don't feel any regrets about it. Don't let the promise of power or wealth turn you aside from your moral compass.
See also: aside, turn

turn someone aside

to divert someone from the flow of people. The attendant turned the poorly dressed man aside. The attendant turned aside all the persons who arrived late.
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turn something aside

to evade something. Ann turned the awkward questions aside. She turned aside the questions she didn't want to answer.
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turn aside

1. To deflect something: cause something to turn or deviate: The goalie turned aside six of the seven shots. The manager turned all of the allegations aside.
2. To reject or refuse someone or something: The office turned aside my request. The company turned my complaints aside.
3. To deviate from a certain way, course, or direction: I turned aside from the career path that my father had taken.
4. turn aside from To cause someone to turn or deviate from a certain way, course, or direction: My rowdy friends turned me aside from my studies.
See also: aside, turn
References in classic literature ?
The creature probably glowed with a gratitude that amounted to prayer, too, at this moment, but it was premature: for when he started thankfully to travel off, Tom turned him aside with a pin and made him take a new direction.
Denny Urban and Bracken Kearns had a short-handed two-on-none in the second period and York stopped Urban's slap shot; Marek Viedensky was in alone and York turned him aside, also in the second period; and Kearns set up Tarasov in close in the third period, and York got a pad on that chance.
This is a strictly private occasion." He placed his hand on Jody's arm and gently turned him aside.
The Monarchs threatened again at 11:45 as Shawn Bates broke in alone, but Alex Stalock turned him aside. A half-minute later, John McCarthy tied it for the Sharks on a great individual effort as he came down the left wing, turned defenseman David Kolomatis and slipped a backhander past goalie Jonathan Bernier.