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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
First recorded in 1680-90; noun use of verb phrase turn off Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • He met the captain at the corner of the "turnoff" one day late in August.

    Keziah Coffin Joseph C. Lincoln
  • Rick swung into the Seaford turnoff and slowed for the main street.

    Smugglers' Reef John Blaine
  • Rick braked to a stop as the highway met the turnoff to Easton.

    The Flying Stingaree Harold Leland Goodwin
  • They reached the pumice works without seeing the geologist's lights again, and Rick stopped at the turnoff.

    The Flaming Mountain Harold Leland Goodwin
  • A few miles before the town of Lathrop Wells, Scotty spotted their turnoff.

    The Scarlet Lake Mystery Harold Leland Goodwin
  • He told the boys how he planted himself at the Pahrump Valley turnoff because the sedan would have to turn on lights there.

    The Scarlet Lake Mystery Harold Leland Goodwin
  • A turnoff to darkness has been deliberately taken, superstition has been embraced while knowledge has been destroyed.

    The Year When Stardust Fell Raymond F. Jones

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