turn off
verb Date: 1564 transitive verb 1. a. dismiss, discharge b. to dispose of ; sell 2. deflect, evade 3. produce, accomplish 4. to stop the flow of or shut off by or as if by turning a control <
turn the water off
>
5. hang 1b 6. a. to remove (material) by the process of turning b. to shape or produce by turning 7. to cause to lose interest ; bore <
economics turns me off
>
; also to evoke a negative feeling in intransitive verb 1. to deviate from a straight course or from a main road <
turn off into a side road
>
2. a. British to turn bad ; spoil b. to change to a specified state ; become 3. to lose interest ; withdraw

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • turn off — {v.} 1. To stop by turning a knob or handle or by working a switch; to cause to be off. * /He turned the water off./ * /He turned off the light./ 2. To leave by turning right or left onto another way./ * /Turn off the highway at exit 5./ * /The… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • turn off — {v.} 1. To stop by turning a knob or handle or by working a switch; to cause to be off. * /He turned the water off./ * /He turned off the light./ 2. To leave by turning right or left onto another way./ * /Turn off the highway at exit 5./ * /The… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • turn off — [v1] disgust alienate, bore, disenchant, disinterest, displease, irritate, lose one’s interest, make one sick*, nauseate, offend, put off, repel, sicken; concepts 7,19 Ant. appeal, cheer, delight, enchant, fascinate turn off [v2] stop from… …   New thesaurus

  • turn-off — n 1.) a smaller road that leads off a main road ▪ I missed the turn off to the farm. 2.) [singular] informal something that makes you lose interest in something, especially sex ▪ Pornographic pictures are a real turn off to most women. →turn off… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • turn-off — turnˈoff or turnˈ off noun 1. A smaller road leading from a main one 2. See also ↑turn off below • • • Main Entry: ↑turn …   Useful english dictionary

  • turn-off — turn offs 1) N COUNT A turn off is a road leading away from a major road or a motorway. 2) N COUNT: usu sing Something that is a turn off causes you to lose interest or sexual excitement. [INFORMAL] …   English dictionary

  • turn-off — turn ,off noun count 1. ) INFORMAL something that stops you from feeling sexually attracted or excited: Her negative attitude is a real turn off. 2. ) a road that leads off a main road or highway …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • turn|off — «TURN F, OF», noun. a place at which a road, path, or other way turns off to another …   Useful english dictionary

  • turn off — ► turn off 1) stop (something) operating by means of a tap, switch, or button. 2) leave one road in order to join another. 3) informal cause to feel bored or repelled. Main Entry: ↑turn …   English terms dictionary

  • turn-off — ► NOUN 1) a junction at which a road branches off. 2) informal a person or thing that causes one to feel bored or repelled …   English terms dictionary

  • turn off — index alienate (estrange), shut Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

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