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turn away

verb (adverb)
1.
to move or cause to move in a different direction so as not to face something: one of the child turned away while the others hid
2.
(transitive) to refuse admittance or assistance to: dozens of people were turned away from the hostel
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Idioms and Phrases with turn away

turn away

1.
Send away, dismiss, as in They ran short and had to turn away many customers. [ Late 1500s ]
2.
Repel, as in The high prices turned away prospective buyers.
3.
Avert, deflect, as in She managed to turn away all criticism. [ Late 1300s ]
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