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the turn

slang In Texas hold 'em (a variety of community card poker), the fourth card to be dealt face up following the flop. He got an ace on the turn, giving him a royal flush.
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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 from nearly everyone.
See also: away, turn

turn away from (someone or something)

1. Literally, to turn one's body, head, or eyes in a different direction than someone or something, typically to avoid facing or looking at them. I turned away from the couple as they started fighting in front of me. Don't turn away from me—look me in the eye!
2. To abandon, quit, or disown someone or something. I know that many people are turning away from the traditional political parties because they feel like they aren't adequately represented by either. I turned away from the police force due to the corruption I encountered every day.
See also: away, turn
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

turn (away) (from someone or something)

to turn oneself to avoid someone or something. She turned away from me as I walked past, pretending not to see me. She turned from Ken and ran.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.


1. in. to go over to the other side, as with a spy or a criminal turning into an informer. (Underworld.) Is there a chance that Bart would turn?
2. tv. to corrupt someone; to turn someone to a life of crime. Pete was trying to turn a young kid.
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
References in classic literature ?
And without the simple courtesy of "Good day," he turned his back on her and plunged into the newspaper he had been reading when she entered.
Edna nodded carelessly, though inwardly anxious and cudgelling her brains for something to turn the conversation.
An 'Only' is a nonpareil, the feller that does one kind of a turn better'n any other feller.
Also, whenever the wheel has begun to turn, the bank ceases to pay out anything."
"But, Madame, zero has only this moment turned up," I remonstrated; "wherefore, it may not do so again for ever so long.
"Erik," cried Christine, "do you swear to me, monster, do you swear to me that the scorpion is the one to turn?
She turned from the shadowy abyss of the dark water as if the mystery and the gloom of it had been answerable for the emotions which had taken her by surprise.
Her attention wandered from the book, before she had turned the first page of it.
"You'd never dare shoot a man until his back was turned. You don't dare shoot me even then," and he deliberately turned his back full upon the sailor and walked nonchalantly away as if to put him to the test.
Esmeralda, the Negress, was busy sorting her mistress' baggage from the pile of bales and boxes beside the cabin, and Miss Porter had turned away to follow Clayton, when something caused her to turn again toward the sailor.
I think Montgomery might have left him then, seeing the brute was drunk; but he only turned a shade paler, and followed the captain to the bulwarks.
Here, I felt, I could defy an army, for but a single foeman could advance upon me at a time, nor could he know that I was awaiting him until he came full upon me around the corner of the turn. About me lay scattered stones crumbled from the cliff above.
At almost the same instant I thought that I caught the scraping of hide sandals upon the ledge beyond the turn. For the next few seconds my attention was considerably divided.
To my astonishment and horror her head went high, and as a look of utter contempt touched her finely chiseled features she turned her back full upon me.
With a groan I turned away and buried my face in my arms.