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

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
Recent Examples on the Web Gail in Los Osos, Calif. Dear Abby: There’s no reason to turn away loving gifts of food. Abigail Van Buren, Houston Chronicle, "Extra food given to grieving families shouldn’t be wasted," 7 Sep. 2019 Other attendees were turned away because of fire marshal regulations, according to Colorado Democratic Party organizers. Justin Wingerter, The Denver Post, "Hickenlooper trades presidential primary stage for Durango library," 7 Sep. 2019 Most wannabe stars were summarily turned away — with an encouraging pep talk. Chuck Barney, The Mercury News, "‘American Idol’ hopefuls chase the dream in San Jose," 6 Sep. 2019 Fuchs, who’s best known on Instagram under the handle @fashionambitionist, was reportedly turned away from an H&M party in the Hamptons last week, Page Six sources report. Kaitlyn Frey, PEOPLE.com, "Influencer Marissa Fuchs Reportedly Turned Away from Fashion Party After Viral Engagement Backlash," 31 July 2019 The junior goaltender turned away a penalty kick as the Tigers held off Medfield in a 1-0 Tri-Valley League final. BostonGlobe.com, "Players of the Week," 11 Sep. 2019 But the Rams turned away a fourth-down pass into the end zone, with Joseph Kinyock and Levante Bishop providing double coverage. Jack Marrion, Houston Chronicle, "Elias Cruz's kick lifts Mayde Creek over Fort Bend Austin," 7 Sep. 2019 Charlie Brown turns away, his mouth now a quavering upside-down arc, his eyes wide, wobbly, and slightly askew. Bruce Handy, The Atlantic, "The Peanuts Characters Aren’t Ordinary Kids," 29 Aug. 2019 Even before the recent studies, some adults were turning away from football for kids, alarmed by medical research and reports of CTE in pro football. Mark Hyman, The Denver Post, "Guest Commentary: Children, tackle football and possible dangers of brain diseases," 25 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of turn away

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

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The first known use of turn away was in the 13th century

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