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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This should help eliminate all those images of people with their eyes closed, dogs who turn away from the camera at the last moment, and even some bird photo-bombing your frame. Jon Phillips, PCWorld, "Google Pixel 3: The 5 features that matter most," 9 Oct. 2018 Officers stand in the middle of the international bridges crossing the Rio Grande, turning away asylum-seekers. Rafael Carranza, azcentral, "Jeff Sessions to asylum seekers: go to the ports, but at the border that's no easy task," 18 June 2018 Given the Public Religion Research Institute poll that came out recently that suggested that mainline Protestants were turning away from Trump, who is shifting, why, and what does this mean for the future of mainline Protestantism? Tara Isabella Burton, Vox, "Why this shrinking religious group might be among America’s last “swing voters”," 5 Nov. 2018 The Times also reports that two people who flew to this year’s Grammys with McFarland’s tickets in hand were turned away at the door. Bijan Stephen, The Verge, "Failed Fyre Festival founder foiled, forfeits six years (and $26 million)," 11 Oct. 2018 Many are worried that foreign visitors in particular are being turned off — even turned away — by a trash-talking, tariff-loving commander in chief. Steve Hendrix, Washington Post, "‘What a crazy country’: Trump makes being a D.C. tour guide a tough gig," 12 July 2018 Early signs suggest that the ad-tech industry may indeed be turning away from individually targeting people, and not only in Europe. The Economist, "Who will be the main loser from Europe’s new data-privacy law?," 24 May 2018 Also, that an autopsy shows Mims was turning away from the officer as the shots were fired. Fred Clasen-kelly, charlotteobserver, "‘Go ahead and shoot me,’ he told police. Was his killing justified? | Charlotte Observer," 30 Mar. 2018 Combining the two entities will let the new company cash in on consumer trends that have drinkers turning away from once-dominant colas, said Bloomberg Intelligence Analyst Ken Shea. Lisa Wolfson, Bloomberg.com, "Keurig to Take Control of Dr Pepper in $18.7 Billion Deal," 29 Jan. 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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