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turn away

verb (adverb)
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
(transitive) to refuse admittance or assistance to: dozens of people were turned away from the hostel
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  • How often we turn away from Him when He offers to be reconciled to us.

    Emilie the Peacemaker Mrs. Thomas Geldart
  • At first she was tempted to turn away her eye with carelessness and inattention.

    Imogen William Godwin
  • He was about to turn away, but a sudden thought seemed to come into his mind.

    The Last Cruise of the Spitfire Edward Stratemeyer
  • Kate tried to turn away, but felt herself rooted to the spot.

    The Manxman Hall Caine
  • Mrs. Mortimer did not turn away her eyes from the revelation of his face.

    The Squirrel-Cage Dorothy Canfield
Idioms and Phrases with turn away

turn away

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