turn one's back on

turn one's back on
phrasal or turn one's back upon
1. : to put behind one : depart from

with this month of March we turn our backs on winter — Faith Baldwin

Eskimo turn their backs abruptly on the sea … up a valley from the shore — C.D.Forde

2. : reject, deny

my conscience will not let me turn my back upon a call to service — F.D.Roosevelt

would be turning one's back on history — Pius Walsh

often : to reject unceremoniously or treat with contempt

turning our backs upon the rest of mankind and refusing to enter the cooperative scheme — Stephen Duggan

turned his back on his own people

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turn one's back on
To abandon or reject
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Main Entry:turn

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I
ignore (someone) by turning away
reject or abandon

she turned her back on her career to devote her life to animals

II
see back

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • turn one's back on — ► turn one s back on ignore; reject. Main Entry: ↑back …   English terms dictionary

  • turn one's back on — index abandon (physically leave), ignore, quit (evacuate), relinquish Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • turn one's back on — idi turn one s back on, to abandon, ignore, or reject …   From formal English to slang

  • turn one's back upon — index disdain Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • turn one's back upon — phrasal see turn one s back on …   Useful english dictionary

  • turn one's back on — phrasal 1. reject, deny < would be turning one s back on history Pius Walsh > 2. forsake < turned his back on his obligations > …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • turn one's back on — {v. phr.} To refuse to help (someone in trouble or need.) * /He turned his back on his own family when they needed help./ * /The poorer nations are often not grateful for our help, but still we can not turn our back on them./ Compare: GO BACK… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • turn one's back on — {v. phr.} To refuse to help (someone in trouble or need.) * /He turned his back on his own family when they needed help./ * /The poorer nations are often not grateful for our help, but still we can not turn our back on them./ Compare: GO BACK… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • turn\ one's\ back\ on — v. phr. To refuse to help (someone in trouble or need.) He turned his back on his own family when they needed help. The poorer nations are often not grateful for our help, but still we can not turn our back on them. Compare: go back on(1) …   Словарь американских идиом

  • turn one's back — verb a) To cease paying attention to something. As soon as I turned my back, he started writing on the wall. b) To forsake, to abandon; to ignore. He got off to a strong start, only to turn his back on the project two months later …   Wiktionary

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