turn away

verb
|Updated on: 19 Jun 2018

Definition of turn away

1 a : to refuse admittance or acceptance to
b : to send away : reject, dismiss
c : repel
2 : deflect, avert
: to start to go away : depart

Examples of turn away in a Sentence

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

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First Known Use of turn away

13th century

in the meaning defined at transitive sense 2

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