turn away (business/customers/etc.)

To "turn away" business or customers means to say "no" and not serve them or sell them things. A company might "turn away business" because they already have enough customers, because it's time for a store to close, or because they have some disagreement with certain customers.

You can use "turn away" with other words as well:

turn away gifts

turn away people

turn away advertisers

When you use "it", "them", "us", etc. with "turn away", "away" comes at the end:

We had to turn them away.

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