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
(tr) to refuse admittance or assistance to: dozens of people were turned away from the hostel
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How to use turn away in a sentence
Perhaps the shock of unity brought on by Ferguson will occasion our turn away from this path—if, we must add, there is still time.
Tupac did not turn away even when Fama revealed why he was in prison.
For our storytelling to be truthful we need to address this fact, not turn away from it.Complaining Like It’s 1999: ‘Fight Club,’ ‘American Beauty,’ and the Revolt of the Cubicle Drone | Arthur Chu | June 3, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Only a real skinflint would turn away from purchasing trillions of dollars of “free” war, right?
His words will be interpreted as confirmation that he is not going to turn away gays in the priesthood.The Pope Confesses Church’s ‘Obsession’ With Gays, Abortion | Barbie Latza Nadeau | September 19, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
turn away from sin and order thy hands aright, and cleanse thy heart from all offence.
Take away from me the way, turn away the path from me, let the Holy One of Israel cease from before us.
Remember that I have stood in thy sight, to speak good for them, and to turn away thy indignation from them.
He wouldnt talk grammar, or he couldnt spell or read Greek, and she will turn away, laughed Mrs. Wadsworth.Tessa Wadsworth's Discipline | Jennie M. Drinkwater
Armand, unable to turn away his eyes, had put the handkerchief to his mouth and bit it.Camille (La Dame aux Camilias) | Alexandre Dumas, fils
Other Idioms and Phrases with turn away
Send away, dismiss, as in They ran short and had to turn away many customers. [Late 1500s]
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