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turn off

1. verb To disable, disconnect, or stop the function of something. A noun or pronoun can be used between "turn" and "off." I forgot to turn off my laptop, and now the battery is dead. Please turn the water off when you're done brushing your teeth.
2. verb To steer a vehicle or walk off of a particular path or route. You're going to turn off at the next exit. We turned off the main path and started hiking around the edge of the lake.
3. verb To cause someone to dislike, become averse to, or lose interest in something. A noun or pronoun can be used between "turn" and "off." Sometimes followed by "to (something)." I thought the subject would be interesting, but the professor's boring lectures really turned me off. I know that the accident really turned Janet off to driving on the highway.
4. verb To cause someone to lose sexual interest or excitement. A noun or pronoun can be used between "turn" and "off." Nothing turns me off like someone who is arrogant. I think he was turned off by her many tattoos. Sorry, knowing your roommates are home kind of turns me off.
5. noun Something that causes someone to lose sexual interest or excitement. As a noun, the phrase is usually hyphenated. It's a big turn-off when a guy just talks about himself.
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turn someone off

to dull someone's interest in someone or something. The boring prof turned me off to the subject. The preacher set out to turn off the congregation to sin.
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turn something off

to switch something off so that it stops running or operating. Please turn the light off. Turn off the lights as you leave.
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turn off (something) (some place)

to walk or steer one's vehicle off a route at a particular place. Turn off the highway at the first exit after the city. Let's turn off here. We turned off the path just past the big oak tree.
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turn off something

to walk or turn a vehicle one way or another so that one leaves the road or route to another. You are supposed to turn off the highway at the yellow mailbox.
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turn off

(something) onto something to walk or steer one's vehicle from one route to another. I turned off the main highway onto a side road. Ann turned off onto the shoulder.
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turn off

[for something] to go off; to switch off. All the lights turn off automatically.
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turned off

uninterested. I'm sort of turned off to stuff like that these days. Part of getting older, I guess. I can't pay attention if I'm turned off, now can I?
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turn off

1. Stop the operation, activity, or flow of; shut off, as in Turn off the lights when you leave. [Mid-1800s]
2. Affect with dislike, revulsion, or boredom; cause to lose interest. For example, That vulgar comedian turned us off completely, or The movie was all right for an hour or so, but then I was turned off. [Slang; mid-1900s]
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turn off

v.
1. To leave some course or direction: Turn off at the next exit.
2. To stop the operation, activity, or flow of something: She turned off the television. He turned the radio off.
3. Slang To affect someone with dislike, displeasure, or revulsion: That song really turns me off. The editorial turned off many readers.
4. Slang To affect someone with boredom: The boring lecture turned off the class. The movie turned the audience off.
5. Slang turn off to To lose interest in something: My family turned off to boating once we started swimming more.
6. Slang turn off to To cause someone to lose interest in something: Breaking my leg turned me off to skiing. I looked forward to going to the beach, but after seeing all the drunk college students there, I got really turned off.
7. Slang To cease paying attention: Whenever you don't like what I say, you just turn off.
8. Slang To cause someone to lose sexual interest: Pickup lines turn me off. His rude behavior turned off everyone he tried to pick up.
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turned off

mod. uninterested. I’m sort of turned off to stuff like that these days. Part of getting older, I guess.
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turn-off

n. something that repels someone. The movie was a turn-off. I couldn’t stand it.
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The 20km Athi River-Machakos turnoff, which is being undertaken by the China Railway 21st Bureau Group Company Ltd, is is expected to cost Sh5.3 billion, Njogu says.
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TV Turnoff celebrates its 10th anniversary this year and wants you to switch off between April 19 to 25.
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Slumped shoulders, a dragging gait, monotone speaking, speech peppered with "ums" and "uhs", and/or fidgety hands are not only distracting but can be a turnoff. "I've been in rooms where the speaker's body language and tonality has no presence and the whole room becomes bored."
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The pushy and overzealous are another turnoff. "I once had someone I didn't know drop by my office unannounced, requesting to see me regarding business," says Paula Taylor, president of Paula Taylor & Associates, a training consulting group in Oakland, Calif.
The survey of more than 17,200 drivers found that other turnoffs include a dealer who is reluctant to allow a reasonable test drive, cars that do not look as though they been cleaned or moved for a long time, and a dealer's lack of familiarity with the cars for sale.
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