turn your back on (someone)


1. ignore, abandon, or exclude somebody or something






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he/she's my friend, I won't turn my back on him/her

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When you ’turn your back on somebody’ you are making it clear that you are abandoning them or refusing to help them. It can also mean to disassociate yourself from a group or individual. This expression usually has a negative connotation and can be used in both social and professional contexts.

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  1. Once Nicole made it big in the music industry, she turned her back on the people who had helped her get to that position.
  2. I had to turn my back on a number of old friends who were not good for me and holding me back from reaching my goals.

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  1. Eric has been a loyal and productive worker for me for over a decade. I'm not just going to turn my back on him because he's had a poor few weeks.
  2. Upper management have been turning their backs on the problem for years. It was only a matter of time before it blew up in their faces. 

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