turn aside

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1. To move or cause to move in circles or around an axis:
2. To spade or dig (soil) to bring the undersoil to the surface:
3. To make or become less sharp-edged:
4. To twist and turn, as in pain, struggle, or embarrassment:
5. To injure a (bodily part) by twisting:
6. To disturb the health or physiological functioning of:
7. To change the direction or course of:
8. To cause to move, especially at an angle:
9. To swerve from a straight line:
10. To change to the opposite position, direction, or course.About, around, over, or round:
11. To make or become different:
12. To abandon one's cause or party usually to join another:
Slang: rat.
Idioms: change sides, turn one's coat.
13. To move (a weapon or blow, for example) in the direction of someone or something:
Military: lay.
14. To devote (oneself or one's efforts):
15. To become or cause to become rotten or unsound:
16. To look to when in need:
17. To come to be.Also used with out:
phrasal verb
turn down
1. To be unwilling to accept, consider, or receive:
Slang: nix.
Idiom: turn thumbs down on.
2. To be unwilling to grant:
3. To prevent or forbid authoritatively:
Slang: nix.
Idiom: turn thumbs down on.
phrasal verb
turn in
1. To commit to the consideration or judgment of another:
2. Informal. To go to bed:
bed (down), retire.
Slang: crash, flop.
phrasal verb
turn off
Slang. To be very disagreeable to:
Idioms: give offense to, not set right with.
phrasal verb
turn on
1. To be determined by or contingent on something unknown, uncertain, or changeable:
depend on (or upon), hang on, hang upon, hinge on (or upon), rest on (or upon), turn upon.
2. Slang. To arouse the interest and attention of:
phrasal verb
turn out
1. To supply what is needed for some activity or purpose:
2. Informal. To leave one's bed:
phrasal verb
turn over
1. To spade or dig (soil) to bring the undersoil to the surface:
2. To turn or cause to turn from a vertical or horizontal position:
3. To think or think about carefully and at length:
Idioms: cudgel one's brains, put on one's thinking cap, rack one's brain.
4. To relinquish to the possession or control of another:
5. To put in the charge of another for care, use, or performance:
Idiom: give in trust.
6. To direct (a person) elsewhere for help or information:
phrasal verb
turn up
1. To find by investigation:
dig (out or up), uncover, unearth.
2. To come to a particular place:
Slang: blow in.
phrasal verb
turn upon
To be determined by or contingent on something unknown, uncertain, or changeable:
depend on (or upon), hang on, hang upon, hinge on (or upon), rest on (or upon), turn on.
1. Circular movement around a point or about an axis:
2. A calculated change in position:
3. Something bent:
4. An often sudden change or departure, as in a trend:
5. A limited, often assigned period of activity, duty, or opportunity:
bout, go, hitch, inning (often used in plural), shift, spell, stint, stretch, time, tour, trick, watch.
7. An innate capability:
8. A course, process, or journey that ends where it began or repeats itself:
9. A usually brief and regular journey on foot, especially for exercise:
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References in classic literature ?
"Let us, I beseech thee, turn aside from this comfortless road leading, thou knowest whither, but not I.
He supposed they would turn aside. Turn aside to avoid trampling peasant dirt under foot?
Short, then, or Trotters, as the reader pleases, returned unto the remonstrance of his friend Mr Thomas Codlin a jocose answer calculated to turn aside his discontent; and applying himself with great relish to the cold boiled beef, the tea, and bread and butter, strongly impressed upon his companions that they should do the like.
Then I would turn aside into some chapel,--and even there, such was my disturbance, it seemed that the preacher gibbered "Big Thinks," even as the Ape-man had done; or into some library, and there the intent faces over the books seemed but patient creatures waiting for prey.
now!" said Kaa, making feints with his head that even Mowgli's quick hand could not turn aside. "Look!
"Now," said Bagheera, moving step by step along the chain of footprints, "I, Big Foot, turn aside here.
"But, of course," I continued, to give a slight turn aside in our talk, "it is very wrong of us to have such sophisticated tastes.
He felt that he could not turn aside from himself the hatred of men, because that hatred did not come from his being bad (in that case he could have tried to be better), but from his being shamefully and repulsively unhappy.
It hinted to him that he might, without meaning it, turn aside a trustfulness beneficial to a mis-shapen young mind and perhaps to his own power of directing and improving it.
I had heard the cries and groans of the dying, I had cantered over ground slippery with blood, and frequently had to turn aside to avoid trampling on wounded man or horse, but, until one dreadful day, I had never felt terror; that day I shall never forget."
Noting the threats to the legacy of the Universal Declaration, he warned: "If we let our commitment to uphold human rights drift if we turn aside when they are abused they will slowly shrivel and die.
of the Dominican church slaves built, where roofs with flickering aerials turn aside in a sky further off than usual, thin clouds forming and reforming as I lean against the blackened silk-cotton tree in the Place of Rains, near the