- refuse entry to somewhere
- cause someone or something to deviate in the direction
- direct, avert or deflect someone or something on another course
- veer or move away
- avoid someone or something
- change position
- His job application was turned aside when they saw his criminal record.
- The most crucial questions were turned aside by the current CEO.
- The prosecutor produced new evidence in the case, but the judge turned it aside.
- I saw my ex-boyfriend yesterday, but before I could say anything, he just nodded then turned aside and walked around the corner.
- Susan and her friends tried to get into the new night club on the High Street last week, but they were turned aside at the door.
- She turned her career aside for a few years to have her family, but now she’s ready to get back to work.
- We noted her inability to say no. It just isn’t in her nature to turn aside a chance to be useful.
- They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths.
- Moses turned aside and God spoke out of the burning bush.
- Innocence and intelligence deserve to turn aside our condemnation.
This phrase means to turn your body (or head) in a different direction or away from something/someone, so you are not facing them anymore. Used especially in situations where you are changing direction to avoid someone or something. A noun or pronoun (or both) can be placed between ‘turn’ and ‘aside’.
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Sorry, but the phrases "to turn aside" and "to side track" despite a certain similarity are not equivalent and consequently not interchangeable as alternatives in the above examples.
- Shay Beaucoup October 19, 2020
To turn aside - I would also suggest an alternative word "to side track."
- Ramesh Joshi September 14, 2020