turn (one's) head

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turn (one's) head

1. To avoid paying attention to something uncomfortable, undesirable, unsafe, or inconvenient. We all knew that what the board of directors was doing was wrong, but we all just turned our heads because we were still profiting from it. Everyone turned their heads when we raised concerns years ago, and look at what happened as a result!
2. To cause someone to suddenly become fixated or infatuated. She spent all summer exercising and changing her eating habits, and she turned everyone's heads when she came back to school that fall.
3. To cause someone to become arrogant, conceited, or self-important. He's a pretty mediocre writer, but getting published in that literary journal seems to have turned his head.
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turn someone's head

Fig. [for flattery or success] to distract someone; to cause someone not to be sensible. Don't let our praise turn your head. You're not perfect! Her successes had turned her head. She was now quite arrogant.
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turn one's head

1. Cause to become infatuated, as in The new teacher turned all the girls' heads. [Mid-1800s]
2. Cause to become conceited, as in Winning that prize has turned his head. A 16th-century translator of Seneca used this phrase: "His head was turned by too great success" ( Ad Lucullus, 1571).
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turn someone's head

make someone conceited.
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turn somebody’s ˈhead

(of success, praise, etc.) make a person feel too proud in a way that other people find annoying: You’d better stop giving me all these compliments, or you’ll turn my head!
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References in classic literature ?
It is a beautiful path, my son," said the Old Politician, without either slackening his pace or turning his head, "and it leadeth among pleasant scenes.
I think I can make a shot of it without hitting the man," he answered, never turning his head.
Ah, but mind you," said Caleb, turning his head warningly, "I must take it on
A bizarre video showing a boy from Pakistan turning his head 180 degrees is going viral on social media.
I saw him kicking around and although he couldn't open his eyes yet he was turning his head around.
The DW initiates the Shrug by turning his head away from the opponent's tie-up and twisting his own body in the same direction (Photo 6).
His dad said: "At the time Tim was treated at a local hospital but since then he has had very limited movement to the right when turning his head.
Roboraptor has more than 40 preprogrammed functions and through direct commands from the remote he can perform multiple realistic actions such as biting, walking, turning his head and whipping his tail.
Back in New York, Pete is seen sitting on a couch, smoking a blunt and turning his head as a woman walks past.
Sean, 28, of the King's Own Royal Border Regiment, collapsed at Warminster in Wiltshire after turning his head to answer a call from a fellow soldier.
This will tell the receiver to look up--without turning his head around--and bend back to look for the ball above him.
Using the Nomad Personal Display System in the Boeing test, the technician was able to locate two points more than 10 feet apart without turning his head to see the coordinates on the computer monitor.
One was an experimental helmet that allows a pilot to steer a missile by turning his head.