turn away

World English Dictionary
turn away
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.  (tr) to refuse admittance or assistance to: dozens of people were turned away from the hostel

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Idioms & Phrases

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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