turn away


Definition of turn away 

transitive verb

1a : to refuse admittance or acceptance to

b : to send away : reject, dismiss

c : repel

2 : deflect, avert

intransitive verb

: to start to go away : depart

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Examples of turn away in a Sentence

using tree branches, the campers were able to turn away the charging fox, which was apparently rabid

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Customers who were in line, but were turned away were given a $15 voucher toward the purchase of a bear. Sonja Haller, ajc, "How to get your $15 voucher after the failed Pay Your Age event at Build-a-Bear," 13 July 2018 Some asylum seekers have been turned away at border crossings. CBS News, "With thousands of children still separated, deadline to reunite immigrants quickly approaching," 6 July 2018 The two representatives were turned away from visiting these children by a federal office and not the non-profit organization. Rose White, Detroit Free Press, "Feds turn Michigan representatives away from seeing immigrant children," 29 June 2018 Others, including a group of U.S. mayors who visited Tornillo’s port of entry Thursday, were also turned away and told to submit a tour request. Lauren Caruba, San Antonio Express-News, "Members of Congress tour Tornillo “tent city”," 23 June 2018 The mayors of New York and Los Angeles --- conspicuously joined by Bridgeport’s Joe Ganim — got turned away Thursday from a detention center on the Mexico border for undocumented immigrant children separated from their parents. Neil Vigdor, courant.com, "Joe Ganim Visits Detention Center Near Mexico Border, Calls Roundup Of Children "Un-American"," 21 June 2018 This would be offered as a free public service; nobody could be turned away for a minimum balance or any other reason. David Dayen, The New Republic, "Give Everyone Government Bank Accounts," 13 June 2018 Don’t turn away when the windows open, when the stars shine clear and bright, when you’re given the chance to imagine lives that don’t yet exist, but could. Claire Comstock-gay, The Cut, "Madame Clairevoyant: Horoscopes for the Week of June 4," 4 June 2018 Under the new program, patients being treated with methadone or other medication can’t be turned away. Kristina Davis, sandiegouniontribune.com, "County to embrace collaborative, medical approach to treat drug addiction in new $179 million program," 26 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of turn away

13th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 2

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