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turn away

verb (adverb)

to move or cause to move in a different direction so as not to face somethingone of the child turned away while the others hid
(tr) to refuse admittance or assistance todozens of people were turned away from the hostel


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halt, prevent, forestall, avoid, deter, foil, preclude, blanch, hesitate, balk, waver, cringe, tremble, blink, shudder, demur, backfire, reel, wince, flinch

Nearby words

turn a trick, turn against, turn and bank indicator, turn around, turn around one's finger, turn away, turn back, turn bridge, turn button, turn down, turn for the better
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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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