turn away

verb

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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Many were turned away, and for those that made the line at the Florida Mall location, wait times were exceptionally long. Rich Pope, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Build-A-Bear promotion draws long lines and frustrations," 13 July 2018 Without a reservation, your car will be turned away. Michael Shapiro, San Francisco Chronicle, "How to visit Muir Woods by shuttle, car and bike," 16 May 2018 In 2015, several women were turned away for wearing flats to the premiere of Carol. refinery29.com, "Kristen Stewart Reminds Us Cannes Still Has An Outdated Dress Code," 15 May 2018 Lawmakers have grappled intermittently for years with concerns that the IHS’s care has fallen short, with hospitals facing regulatory sanctions and causing unnecessary patient deaths and turning away gravely ill patients. Dan Frosch, WSJ, "South Dakota Senator Moves for Evaluation of Indian Health Service," 15 Feb. 2019 Leicester seemed to burst into life with seven minutes left, with Vardy missing a chance from a Mahrez cross and Albrighton whipping a cross in that was turned away for a corner. SI.com, "Leicester 0-0 Southampton: Saints Gain Point Against Claude Puel's Foxes in Goalless Draw," 19 Apr. 2018 In Arizona, one polling place in Chandler turned away voters because the polling place was foreclosed upon the previous day. Megan Friedman, Harper's BAZAAR, "Voters Across the Country Are Running Into Issues at the Polls," 6 Nov. 2018 Counselors would turn away victims, for example, because military regulations said help was available only if the alleged offender was an adult or caretaker. Reese Dunklin, The Seattle Times, "Under new law, military kids get sex assault protections," 13 Aug. 2018 Could Phinney be turning away from wine altogether? Esther Mobley, SFChronicle.com, "The rebranding of organic wine," 28 June 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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