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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Related Words for turn awayhalt, prevent, forestall, avoid, deter, foil, preclude, blanch, hesitate, balk, waver, cringe, tremble, blink, shudder, demur, backfire, reel, wince, flinch
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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