turn away

turned away; turning away; turns 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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Visitors have been turned away, and Assange’s pet cat is now missing. Makena Kelly, The Verge, "WikiLeaks calls for Guardian editor’s decapitation if Manafort story proves false," 27 Nov. 2018 But unless the new allegations are false — which would mean Pinheiro would be lying under oath — some of the most vulnerable asylum seekers are in fact being turned away. Dara Lind, Vox, "Mexico won’t let kids go to a US port. Trump doesn’t want to give them other options.," 21 Nov. 2018 Bad Bunny's experience with gender discrimination is unfortunately still common; in February 2018, an Australian woman was turned away from a Queensland barber shop because of her gender. Kristin Corpuz, Teen Vogue, "Rapper Bad Bunny Says a Nail Salon Refused to Give Him a Manicure," 26 July 2018 These brave, apparently thermo-immune Capitals fans waited outside in line for hours at the Kettler Ice Complex in Arlington, and many of them were turned away in the end. Angela Fritz, Washington Post, "Fabulous reader photos of a hot summer weekend in Washington," 2 July 2018 By the time the game kicked off people were turned away because the bar was at capacity. Gustavo Solis, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Mexico fans avoid World Cup heartbreak on Highland Avenue," 27 June 2018 The company’s director of sustainable ads, Scott Spencer, declined to comment on how much potential ad revenue the company would be turning away by enacting the new policy, saying the decision was made to prevent consumer harm. Douglas Macmillan, WSJ, "Google to Ban Ads for Cryptocurrencies," 13 Mar. 2018 To the shock of many patrons, a growing number of retail establishments, including upscale hair salons and trendy eateries, are turning away customers armed only with cash. Joe Queenan, WSJ, "In a World Without Hard Cash, What’s Left To Steal?," 4 Jan. 2019 Sue listens, then turns away — not returning the dish — presumably to go home and tell Frank. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "Netflix’s F Is for Family examines the dark core of the angry sitcom dad," 2 Dec. 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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