To allow someone to hurt you or do something bad to you without defending yourself; almost ignoring an abuse


  • This expression is taken from Bible in the New Testament, when Jesus advised and commanded his followers to avoid taking revenge even if someone is hurt badly or insulted. If a person slaps on one of your cheeks then there’s no need to fight rather ‘turn the other cheek’.

Dave was willing to insult you badly and you were just turning the other cheek.

Submitted on February 25, 2019

Additional definitions for 'Turn the Other Cheek':

turn the other cheekTo accept a punishment or an injury and not act out revenge or retaliate.
turn the other cheekforgo retaliation
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