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turnoff

[ turn-awf, -of ]
/ ˈtɜrnˌɔf, -ˌɒf /
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noun

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.

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Origin of turnoff

First recorded in 1680–90; noun use of verb phrase turn off
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British Dictionary definitions for turnoff

turn off

verb

noun turn-off

a road or other way branching off from the main thoroughfare
informal a person or thing that elicits dislike or distaste
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Idioms and Phrases with turnoff

turn off

1

Stop the operation, activity, or flow of; shut off, as in Turn off the lights when you leave. [Mid-1800s]

2

Affect with dislike, revulsion, or boredom; cause to lose interest. For example, That vulgar comedian turned us off completely, or The movie was all right for an hour or so, but then I was turned off. [Slang; mid-1900s]

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