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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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But they turned us away because the by-product of sugar is water," Mr Kipkemoi said.
"People who have dropped through a lot of the statutory services and find themselves stuck come to us, when everyone else has turned us away.
'We wanted to appear before the parliamentary board but Shah Farman turned us away saying Ishtiaq Urmar has already applied for the PK-73 ticket,' he said.
As we approached the church entrance, there were men sitting at desks collecting "seat money." My dad did not have the 10 cents they required, so the usher turned us away. My dad took me by the hand, and we walked a mile and a half to attend Mass at a different parish nearby.
Can we blame it simply on the Fall and the impact of a long history of bad choices that slowly have turned us away from what we could have been, and might still be, towards this strange situation in which much of our culture finds itself?
Only the doorman turned us away as one of our party forgot to bring her ID.
Urgent care turned us away because it was too close to closing time.
"I have approached several schools but they have all turned us away," said Khan.
"But they turned us away. We spent two nights in a park on near-empty stomachs before an acquaintance took pity on us and gave my wife and kids temporary shelter and food in his house.
After he turned us away on New Year's Eve I decided to complain.
"Some playgroups could've turned us away if they couldn't provide an extra member of staff so this funding is very important," said Kate who works part-time at Newcastle General Hospital and also has a daughter Hannah, seven.
"There were lots of parents who reached the school a little late by 9.30 or 10 and the school turned us away saying that we had not made it on time.
Galloway said, AoWe feel very sad that Egypt has turned us away on Christmas Day, but we hope they will reconsider.
At the end of the night we had to wait 20 minutes in the cold for a taxi, because every taxi driver turned us away, saying they didn't want to take us to Rumney.
''They only told us that we have violated the internal security regulations, without saying which clause, and turned us away.''