Definition of turn someone down in US English:

turn someone down

phrasal verb

  • Reject an offer or application made by someone.

    ‘the Air Force turned him down on medical grounds’
    • ‘I offered to baby-sit and she flatly turned me down.’
    • ‘We haven't done anything lately and you're constantly turning me down whenever I offer to do something with you.’
    • ‘He never asks for help and he turns you down when you offer it.’
    • ‘You would not complain if you were turned down in a job application for health reasons.’
    • ‘We did advertise earlier this year and only had three applicants, two weren't suitable and the one we offered it to turned us down.’
    • ‘But most of all, Anna hated the way she scowled at her every time she passed by, simply because she'd always turned her down on her offers to play doll.’
    • ‘We met, he offered to buy me an ice-cream and I turned him down.’
    • ‘One time he even offered to give her a massage, but Muriel turned him down.’
    • ‘Imagine my chagrin when, after a full-price offer, I was turned down.’
    • ‘He made a casual offer and I turned him down.’
    reject, spurn, rebuff, refuse, decline, say no to
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