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turn down (2)

Meaning: If you turn down an offer or a request, you decide not to accept it.

Synonym: refuse, reject

For example:

  • turn down sth/sb The bank turned down Kenny's application for a loan because he'd just lost his job.

  • turn sth/sb down The club turned his transfer request down, so Patrice had to stay with the club.

Nouns often used as objects with
turn down (2): offer, request, appeal, proposal, invitation, application

Quick Quiz:

The judge turned down Billy's appeal for early release from jail, so he went
  1. back home
  2. back to jail
  3. to the movies

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