turn off


turn off
   1. to kill
   Usually judicially by hanging, with imagery from a lamp rather than the turning tree, the gallows on which a corpse rotated:
    ... it gives a man a wonderful appetite for his breakfast to assist in turning off a dozen or more rebels. (F. Richards, 1936)
   2. not to excite sexually
   As we might expect, the converse of turn on.
   3. obsolete
   to dismiss from employment or courtship
   The imagery of the faucet:
    He can turn a poor gal off, as soon as he tires of her. (Mayhew, 1851)

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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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