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[turn-awf, -of] /ˈtɜrnˌɔf, -ˌɒf/
a small road that branches off from a larger one, especially a ramp or exit leading off a major highway:
He took the wrong turnoff and it took him some 15 minutes to get back on the turnpike.
a place at which one diverges from or changes a former course.
an act of turning off.
the finished product of a certain manufacturing process, as weaving.
the quantity of fattened livestock distributed to market.
Slang. something or someone that makes one unsympathetic or antagonistic.
Origin of turnoff
1680-90; noun use of verb phrase turn off Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • From the turnoff, both can be seen on the tops of nearby peaks.
  • Everyone who has ever interviewed for a grocery bagging job knows that a clingy, desperate demeanor is a huge turnoff.
  • As others have said, it's the mindless, me-too nature of these kitchens that is a turnoff.
  • For diners, it's the possibility of crowds or a long wait that can be the biggest brunch turnoff.
  • First, the starter has a strong smell that may be a turnoff.
  • The nastiness and incivility that can ensue has been a big turnoff for many onetime blog readers.
  • But for me, the real turnoff is in the final scenes.
  • Real estate is an ongoing turnoff, but the new buzz is even more boring and more inescapable.

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