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  • v. to rotate the body or head so as not to face someone or something
  • v. to bend or turn from a fixed course
  • v. to refuse to admit someone
  • v. to avert or deflect something

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. turn from a straight course, fixed direction, or line of interest
  • v. turn away or aside
  • v. move so as not face somebody or something
  • v. refuse entrance or membership


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  • And that made her turn away from Ginger's flashingly cut feet, shoulder, hair, and look at me.

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  • “I could not see his turn away from where I was on top of the chart house, nor could anyone else with me,” Jellicoe said later of Admiral Scheer.

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  • The colleges may have to turn away about 140,000 students, said Dan Troy, a vice chancellor of the state's 112 community colleges.

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  • And thus as she attempted to please him, she also tried to make sure that, when he was finished, she would be able gently to turn away from him and face the dark alone as he slept and snored.

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  • A man, as Gratiolet remarks, who vehemently rejects a proposition, will almost certainly shut his eyes or turn away his face; but if he accepts the proposition, he will nod his head in affirmation and open his eyes widely.

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  • When Robin approaches me to dance our special dance—lavolta, the only dance that allows us to embrace publicly—I keep to my resolve and turn away from him.

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  • Piemur tried to turn away on that light note but found he could not, wishing that Master Shonagar might just this once ...

    Dragon Drums

  • Even as he watched, he saw Latha Meru turn away from him, apparently retreating to the lift—but wind up facing him again anyway, as if she had done a full circle rather than a simple quarter-turn.

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  • The naked adoration in strong Birachii's eyes forced Ranji to turn away in embarrassment.

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  • I turn away just in time to witness a transaction going down between Concise and Flaco, one of the Mexican Nationals.



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