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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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  • Sylvia shuddered, but had not power to turn away her white face from his gaze.

    Sylph Etherege Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • Did she desire this man, and hate him because he had touched her only to turn away?

    The Leopard Woman Stewart Edward White
  • The faces that once looked kindly on him turn away from him with a frown.

    Henry Dunbar M. E. Braddon
  • At first she was tempted to turn away her eye with carelessness and inattention.

    Imogen William Godwin
  • She was just going to turn away when Ruffo bent down to kiss her hand.

    A Spirit in Prison Robert Hichens
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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