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turn away

Meaning: If someone turns you away, they don't allow you to enter a place.

Synonym: send away, refuse entry to

For example:

  • turn sb away They turned us away at the door because we didn't have tickets.

  • turn away sb Doormen at five star hotels sometimes turn away people who aren't properly dressed.

  • be turned away Several protesters were turned away by security guards when they tried to enter the meeting.

Quick Quiz:

An embassy official turned him away at the gate because he didn't have any
  1. identification
  2. spare cash
  3. weapons

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