Definition of turn in English:



  • 1Move or cause to move in a circular direction wholly or partly around an axis or point.

    [no object] ‘the big wheel was turning’
    [with object] ‘I turned the key in the door and crept in’
    • ‘Inside, a large circular stone is rapidly turning and grinding dried corn kernels into flour, using only the power of the running water.’
    • ‘He waits several minutes before at last strolling toward the door, turning the knob clockwise and stepping through quietly.’
    • ‘I was saddened to find sloppiness in the steering, so that at low speeds one has to nudge the wheel rather than turn it.’
    • ‘He lay in bed, feeling better and just waiting for the gears in his body to start turning and working once again.’
    • ‘To tighten the chain, first loosen the two nuts that hold the bar, then turn the screw clockwise.’
    • ‘The most striking design element of the atrium is the circular stair that turns 180 degrees between floors.’
    • ‘When you open up previously inaccessible areas by turning a lever or depressing a block, the camera unlocks its view from the character.’
    • ‘Before Copernicus, medieval scholars solemnly concluded that the Earth couldn't possibly be moving and turning.’
    go round, pass round, sweep round, round
    go round, revolve, rotate, spin, go round and round, go round in circles, roll, circle, wheel, whirl, twirl, gyrate, swivel, spiral, pivot
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    1. 1.1[with object]Perform (a somersault or cartwheel)
      ‘the boy shot up off the ground and turned a somersault in the air’
      • ‘Suppose that he happened to glance around and notice a monkey turning a somersault.’
      • ‘When I stand up the room tips a little as if I'm wasted, and my stomach is currently turning somersaults.’
      • ‘But the lawyers need to turn some somersaults before they can get there.’
      • ‘Her wingman obeyed, turning a somersault and ending up flying straight at the Flankers.’
      • ‘When a boy can turn cartwheels, his colour and country of origin are of no importance at all.’
      • ‘Chelsea laughed, turning a cartwheel across the green.’
      • ‘Germans were always solemn; a pig turning somersaults could not make them smile.’
      • ‘Rhea jumped up, kicking off from the demon's shoulders, turning a high somersault across the room.’
      • ‘It's easy, but frightening, to imagine Eagles coach Andy Reid turning cartwheels if he actually were to get Williams.’
      • ‘Even Carolyn could turn a cartwheel, so Ellie doubted that she could make the squad.’
      • ‘Moray eels shout at you in silent warning from their crevices and rays have been known to turn somersault.’
      • ‘Hurrying from the room, his mind turned dizzying somersaults with thoughts of his missing wife and what her reappearance might mean.’
      • ‘At his feet is a dog turning a cartwheel, seemingly to the snap of Wolfe's fingers.’
      • ‘He popped into the air and flew over several disorderly piles of stuff, turning somersaults as he went.’
      • ‘Feeling the urge to vomit, his stomach was currently turning cartwheels.’
      • ‘By the time the guests arrived she wasn't turning cartwheels, but she was pretty perky.’
      • ‘Who cares whether he's turning somersaults or running off to the sideline to get water (actually he played pretty well).’
      • ‘The fourth, and possibly most pertinent, question is whether young girls today ever turn cartwheels.’
      • ‘More than that, she adds, being able to balance on her hands, to turn cartwheels, to tumble and flip is part of who she is.’
      • ‘He bit his lip, trying to avoid looking at either the ship or the sea itself; both were already making him nauseous and he could feel his stomach turning somersaults.’
      perform, execute, do, carry out
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    2. 1.2[with object]Twist or sprain (an ankle)
      ‘Wright turned his ankle in the first minute of the game’
      • ‘One person twisted or turned his or her ankle.’
      • ‘Sprained ankles commonly result from tripping or turning the ankle the wrong way.’
      • ‘The beachside is a mess, and Hillary for one would not like to risk a stroll along the seafront in case of turning my finely turned ankle.’
      sprain, twist, rick, wrench
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  • 2[with object and adverbial] Move (something) so that it is in a different position in relation to its surroundings or its previous position.

    ‘we waited in suspense for him to turn the cards over’
    • ‘I found myself turning a box of cards around so the Virgin Mary wouldn't have to witness me buying skeleton candy.’
    • ‘My whole life has been turned upside down and I just don't know what to do or think anymore.’
    • ‘The world, as the traditionalists see it, has been turned almost completely upside down.’
    • ‘That same poll also depicted a city whose demographics had been turned upside down.’
    • ‘Our perceptions too of Gilbert and Sullivan are turned upside down, or perhaps right side up.’
    • ‘My world had been turned upside down and I feared that it would never be right again.’
    • ‘Life in America was turned upside down by the Wall Street Crash of October 1929.’
    • ‘Now turn the pocket right side out through the opening you left in the seam at the top.’
    • ‘Alex turned the paper several different ways, trying to figure out which way was up.’
    • ‘Bobby joined him not long after, having failed to market circular beach towels that did not need to be turned as the sun moved.’
    • ‘The player turns the other two cards face down, and places the chosen card face up.’
    • ‘Do up all buttons, snaps, zippers, etc. before washing and turn the garment inside out.’
    • ‘Andy snorted again, turning the rag a different direction.’
    • ‘He displays the paired canvases side by side or one above the other, though he may add a twist by turning one of them 180 degrees.’
    • ‘With a sweeping motion, he turns me to my side and pushes the top of my body backwards, draping it over his arm.’
    • ‘Will changes in tournament format and a move to the sport condition turn your regular game upside down?’
    1. 2.1[no object]Change the position of one's body so that one is facing in a different direction.
      ‘Charlie turned and looked at his friend’
      • ‘She quickly turned again to see nothing… again.’
      • ‘I opened my eyes and forced my body to turn just in time to stop myself from landing on my stomach.’
      • ‘Slowly his body turned and he took a step forward, followed by another and then another.’
      • ‘The man turns around from his position and looks down upon the face of the woman below him.’
      • ‘She led him to the edge of the pool then turned around so her body was against his.’
      • ‘He turned so his body was toward me and put an elbow on the tabletop, his head in his hand, propping it up.’
      • ‘With a twist of his body, Vince turned so that his left leg was now resting on top of the broken wall of stone.’
      • ‘The way the shape of her body changed as she turned and walked away.’
      • ‘Chris brought himself to a sitting position and gasped, turning around to see her facing him.’
      • ‘Gia turned from her crouched position and took in the features of the man lying on the table.’
      • ‘She easily rotates her body, turning so she isn't vertical anymore, but horizontal, facing me and on all fours, her claws dug into the wood and drawing sap.’
      • ‘Finn hadn't noticed that I was awake by now, so I just enjoyed my present position before turning around to face him.’
      • ‘She bent down, picked up her cloak, and wrapped it back around her body before turning around.’
      • ‘He turned and used his body as a barrier between her and the ball, moving from side to side to try and get around her.’
      • ‘I shook my head, turning away from the body that she held limply.’
      • ‘As if out of body, he turned and picked her up, idly stroking her head before setting her on the ground.’
      • ‘Watch people turn round to see what's on.’
      • ‘He's very effective as a receiver if he has time to get his body turned downfield after the catch.’
      • ‘My hips and body are turning faster, which knocks my timing out.’
      • ‘He turned from his position at the window to see which one of the three it was this time.’
      change direction, turn round, change course, make a u-turn, reverse direction
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    2. 2.2Move (something) so as to be aimed or pointed in a particular direction.
      ‘she turned her head towards me’
      ‘the government has now turned its attention to primary schools’
      • ‘We have to turn our minds and attention to the serious challenge about what to do about social conditions.’
      • ‘During the mating season, birds' attention turns toward nesting.’
      • ‘If you're like me and your attention is starting to turn toward home, this issue offers plenty of ideas.’
      • ‘I turned my gaze upward, trying to concentrate on something else.’
      • ‘On close inspection, you will see that butterflies have very large eyes, allowing them to see in every direction without turning their heads.’
      • ‘Afraid to look in her direction now, he sat up slowly and turned his back toward her.’
      • ‘She suddenly felt like she was going in a wrong direction and she turned her head and ran smack into a corner.’
      • ‘I hopped up quickly, cautiously moving around, rolling my eyes in every direction, turning my head every which way.’
      • ‘At this, Colby turned his gaze upward in thought.’
      • ‘The horse gave the man one last fleeting glance before turning his head towards the direction of the forest and breaking into a gallop.’
      • ‘The appearance of a comet attracted Harriot's attention and turned his scientific mind towards astronomy.’
      • ‘Several curious onlookers turn their heads towards the direction of the laughter.’
      • ‘The old man turns his gaze directly across the street.’
      • ‘The scene between Kimberly and Gaines, where she tries to attract attention by beating on the windows and he lazily turns the gun towards her, was a nice moment.’
      • ‘She scoffed his direction as she turned her head toward her sandwich once more.’
      • ‘Once May Day is over, direct activists are to turn their attentions to a huge arms exhibition at the end of the summer.’
      • ‘Eventually, Zem turned his gaze upward, to the stars, thinking.’
      • ‘Now he is turning his hand to directing a feature film for the first time.’
      • ‘After a week like no other, people turned a sad, wary eye skyward on their way to work.’
      • ‘After William's death, Mrs. Morel turns her love and attention to Paul.’
      aim at, point at, level at, direct at, train at, focus on
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    3. 2.3Change or cause to change direction.
      [no object, with adverbial of direction] ‘we turned round and headed back to the house’
      • ‘Popo turned, and saw his black car turning left, headed towards one of the main exit highways.’
      • ‘The beast turned a different way and tore up the hallway, many screams following.’
      • ‘They turned round once more towards Holme and drove slowly back to the spot.’
      • ‘Giving a fleeting look at his mother in the car, he turned and walked towards the dorms.’
      • ‘The taller, thinner Lewis moves haphazardly, turning here and there, unsure where to go.’
      • ‘The robber stole cash before making off on foot and turning left in the direction of Braintree.’
      • ‘Then he said the car turned towards the pavement but the driver appeared to change her mind at the last minute.’
      • ‘With in-flight turns, first move your eyes in the direction the aircraft is turning - then follow with your head.’
      • ‘Tim frowned, then shook his head and gritted his teeth, turning down a different street, changing direction.’
      • ‘I went down to the end of the road and turned left in the direction of the newsagent.’
      • ‘The figure reacted as if she had transformed into a ghost, turning away and moving back in the direction they had come with considerably more speed than they had used in their approach.’
      • ‘The prey very soon learns that just running away from the predator as fast as it can is doomed to failure, whereas turning randomly to move in a zig-zag fashion is much more successful.’
      • ‘Giles froze and listened to Wes as he gave directions to Gunn to turn the boat and head back to shore.’
      • ‘Give us your take on St. Petersburg as a whole and the first time ever that the IndyCar Series cars turned both right and left.’
      change direction, turn round, change course, make a u-turn, reverse direction
      bend, curve, wind, twist, loop, meander, snake, zigzag
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    4. 2.4[no object](of the tide) change from flood to ebb or vice versa.
      ‘as the tide turned he finally managed to bring the barge into its berth’
      • ‘And there are some pointers that the tide is turning, even if slowly.’
      • ‘And then, like the tide turning, I felt a great rushing and churning inside.’
      • ‘However, with today's Law Lords decision and the government's defeat on detention without charge the tide may finally be turning.’
      • ‘Perhaps they haven't realized that the tide is turning.’
      • ‘Following the destruction of the American fleet at Pearl Harbour, the tide had slowly turned.’
      • ‘But signs from the US may show the tide is turning.’
      • ‘The tide started turning during the '70s, mostly due to economic factors.’
      • ‘The sky is closing in, darker clouds sweeping in almost as fast as the tide has turned.’
      • ‘Dracula called in a fog to keep the boat docked until after the tide turned, so that he could board it.’
      • ‘Being local lads, Paul and myself are more than aware that Cougar fans have had more than their fair share of ups and downs over the last few seasons, but now I feel that the tide is turning for us again.’
      • ‘When the tide turns and the water becomes slack, the dives are dull, with little wildlife.’
      • ‘The flood of people running for the gates rolled back, like a tide turning, and the people scattered, no longer a single united mass.’
      • ‘The ocean's tide is turning as Covel heads back to Cordova.’
      • ‘To get a bait out to the fish as soon as the tide turns I use a party balloon to trot the bait to the fish.’
      • ‘As an industry, we still have a long way to go - but the tide is turning.’
      • ‘How long before the tide turns and takes half of it back out again?’
      • ‘A little after 2pm the tide turned and it ran like the proverbial clappers.’
      • ‘They were going north-east, but when the tide turned, they would sweep back towards the south-west.’
      • ‘However, it took so long that the tide turned and started to pull her out of place.’
      • ‘By 3pm the tide had turned and the boats were approaching the Crossness sewage outfall at Belvedere.’
    5. 2.5[with object]Move (a page) over so that it is flat against the previous or next page.
      ‘she turned a page noisily’
      [no object] ‘turn to page five for the answer’
      • ‘He turned a few more pages and saw a pic of him and Emily which was taken at the Bacchanalia.’
      • ‘As soon as the first page has been turned the author's shock tactics come out in full force.’
      • ‘It turns a very sad page in the history of this government.’
      • ‘The page had to be turned, he argued, in the interests of the nation.’
      • ‘For more information on how you can help these charities, turn to page 2, or you can fill out the form in the Concern advert on this page.’
      • ‘Conscientious readers will find it slow going unless they overcome the constant temptation to turn to the references section.’
      • ‘She turned a few more pages until she came across some recipes for low fat treats.’
      • ‘You can not help but turn each and every page in succession, until you reach the end.’
      • ‘The romantic comedy takes flight, and it is hard to put the book down until the last page has been turned.’
      • ‘If he had turned one more page, he would have seen all of the drawings I had done of him.’
      • ‘I turned a few more pages, seeing the cast of characters and a few more illustrations.’
      flip over, flick over, flick through, leaf through
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    6. 2.6Fold or unfold (fabric or a piece of a garment) in the specified way.
      ‘he turned up the collar of his coat’
      double, double over, double up, crease, turn under, turn up, turn over, bend, overlap
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    7. 2.7Printing [with object]Set or print (a type or letter) upside down.
    8. 2.8[with object]Pass round (the flank or defensive lines of an army) so as to attack it from the side or rear.
      ‘there was still the sea, by way of which the Persians hoped to turn all mountain or isthmus defence lines’
      • ‘With almost 80,000 men Wellington outnumbered the French, and tried to pin Joseph to his position by a frontal attack while turning his flank.’
    9. 2.9archaic [with object]Bend back (the edge of a blade) so as to make it blunt.
      ‘thou hast also turned the edge of his sword’
    10. 2.10[with object]Remake (a garment or a sheet), putting the worn outer side on the inside.
      ‘a sheet that Mrs Dibb wanted turned sides to middle’
  • 3Change or cause to change in nature, state, form, or colour; become or make.

    [no object, with complement or adverbial] ‘she turned pale’
    [with object and complement or adverbial] ‘cover potatoes with sacking to keep the light from turning them green’
    ‘most of the sugars are turned into alcohol’
    • ‘With the weather turning wet and decidedly cold, children and adults alike need indoor pastimes to keep the blues away.’
    • ‘He walked down the street just as the slight drizzle turned into a moderate downpour.’
    • ‘It is good for a bit of a chuckle if the weather turns nasty this weekend.’
    • ‘His green eyes once again turned to ice, so penetrating but empty of emotion.’
    • ‘He knew his face had more than likely turned a deep red colour, but he tried not to seem put off by this.’
    • ‘This engaging picture book tells the story of a monster who is so ugly that when he looks at a blue sky the weather turns foul.’
    • ‘With the weather turning colder, homes will have bought heating oil in large quantities.’
    • ‘Dr Harding advised elderly people not to go out if the weather turns as cold as predicted.’
    • ‘Lately he has taken up the war on cockroaches as the weather turns warmer.’
    • ‘While nationwide blackouts should be avoided, however, localised blackouts are likely if the weather turns severe.’
    • ‘Just when my bikini arrives in the mail, the weather turns cold.’
    • ‘We walked slowly towards my campus, when the conversation turned in the last direction I wanted it to.’
    • ‘On Saturday and Sunday I managed to sit in the glorious sunshine and turn a delightful pink colour, but that has now gone to a dark olive brown.’
    • ‘The rewards are so great these days, and guys are under pressure to turn pro earlier rather than later.’
    • ‘The crowd had turned ugly, and the police tried to stop him.’
    • ‘Artemis simply smiled at her and she could see his face turn a slight pink colour, this made her giggle.’
    • ‘If the weather turns dry raise the height of cut to prevent browning and scorching of the grass.’
    • ‘I was gripping the steering wheel so hard that my knuckles had turned white.’
    • ‘Once the weather turned ugly for the final 15 minutes, Fremantle had no hope.’
    • ‘Beef prices in this country are down a third, and the weather has turned sour.’
    become, go, grow, get, come to be
    convert, change, transform, make
    become, develop into, prove to be, turn out to be
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    1. 3.1[with object and complement or adverbial]Send or put into a specified place or condition.
      ‘the dogs were turned loose on the crowd’
      • ‘When it got to this point in the game, this was the only time John could go out and turn everything loose.’
      • ‘By the time you are level, it seems that a model yacht has been turned loose on Sydney Harbour.’
      • ‘He must have been a powerful presence in a variety of ways when you cranked him up and turned him loose in church.’
      • ‘They gave me a lovely nametag and lanyard and then turned me loose in the gaming room.’
      • ‘If the team takes Suggs, it will have to turn him loose to chase the quarterback to take full advantage of his skills.’
      • ‘He's great at delegating, giving you an assignment, and then turning you loose on it and not trying to micromanage you or second-guess you.’
      • ‘She stopped at that hand, turning Tara loose to run with the other horses.’
      • ‘Well, if you make a tea out of the leaves, root, flowers, or seed of that plant, it will turn you every which way but loose.’
      • ‘Rogers still isn't at full strength, and the team wants to make sure the problem is cleared up before turning him loose in practice.’
      • ‘Richie said he was pulling so hard to the pole that he was afraid he'd run off if he turned him loose.’
      • ‘So I start by turning him loose in a pen he's never seen before.’
      • ‘Still it wasn't a disaster yet, but it would mean turning Theophilus loose on acquiring the oil.’
      • ‘He's the sort that writes your piece for you, whether you ask him questions and write down the answers or turn him loose on a laptop.’
      • ‘Without a family or home or stable identity, she is turned loose in her community.’
      • ‘They also knew that there was no way that they would get their army if they were to just turn us loose and tell us to have children.’
      • ‘Coach Lefty Driesell turns 'em loose and lets'em go, and they know what to do.’
      • ‘Coach Jon Gruden says Woodson will be turned loose more often as a blitzer and used as a slot receiver.’
      • ‘He will be turned loose to rush the quarterback more often against the Raiders.’
      • ‘When you give an order, you're actually turning someone loose.’
      • ‘After our many chores are done, Miss Windygale often turns us loose for a merry romp through the fields.’
    2. 3.2[with object]Pass the age or time of.
      ‘I've just turned forty’
      become, pass
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    3. 3.3[no object](of leaves) change colour in the autumn.
      ‘the chestnut leaves were turning’
      • ‘It sounds utterly inappropriate as the leaves turn, night draws in and Wales floods.’
      • ‘The leaves are turning, it is a beautiful scene.’
      • ‘We will even see leaves start to turn - they will have to, with nights as cool as those we've had.’
      • ‘As fall comes, and the leaves turn and swirl in colorful whirlwinds, we eagerly look forward to it.’
      • ‘With summer now a memory, and the leaves beginning to turn, its time to prepare to put your boat away for the winter.’
      • ‘At Brangayne Vineyard, the leaves on the poplars are turning and there's a sharp edge of autumn in the air.’
      • ‘Autumn was only just around the corner but the leaves weren't turning yet and the weather still felt like summer.’
      • ‘But when the air cools and the leaves turn, you yearn for something a bit more grown-up.’
      • ‘The weather cools down, the leaves turn, there are new shows on Broadway, sweaters and coats in the shops.’
      • ‘The leaves are beautiful and turning, but if you are stupid and young you can still go out without a jacket.’
      • ‘Leaves are turning and are providing us with a beautiful last blast of colour before they fall and disintegrate into a sodden mush of brown.’
      • ‘Give the tree a good top prune in early autumn, just as the leaves are starting to turn and before it gets cold.’
      • ‘Soon the leaves will turn and the ground will be ablaze with autumn's botanical fire.’
      • ‘No frost yet, so the leaves are not turning en masse; instead there has been a long succession of lovely sunny days and blue skies.’
      • ‘Most pruning should be done after the leaves turn, indicating that the plant is dormant.’
      • ‘If I see plants with yellowing foliage I have to stop and ask myself why the leaves are turning.’
      • ‘There is a precious week here in the north, when the leaves have turned and have not yet been shredded by the wind, and this is it.’
      • ‘Go away from the city, sail the seas, and not a leaf would have turned by the time you are back.’
      • ‘I find joy, not in the material things, or not in achievements, but just the fact that I got to see the sun shine or the leaves are turning.’
      • ‘I thought about flying then decided that it would be a good thing to go on a road trip in the Mini in the early Autumn, when the leaves are starting to turn.’
    4. 3.4(with reference to the stomach) make or become nauseated.
      [with object] ‘the smell was bad enough to turn the strongest stomach’
      • ‘The movie is very bloody, featuring close-up shots of cannibalism which are likely to turn the strongest stomach.’
      • ‘My body shakes at every joint, my empty stomach turns and nausea rushes over me in waves.’
      • ‘It could be anyone, but still her stomach turns, and she's glad when the man comes and Jimmy folds the paper, tucks it away and out of sight.’
      • ‘My stomach has been turning at some of the coverage.’
      • ‘My stomach turns a little at the greasy aroma; caffeine and wholegrain is the only menu I'm interested in.’
      • ‘Their stomachs turn, but he just carries on looking at the river running between his dirty feet.’
      • ‘This month's Home Office revelations must turn even the stoutest stomach.’
      • ‘His mouth salivates while his stomach turns for him to fill it with the warm food.’
      • ‘But my stomach turns when I think about my sister marrying that guy.’
      • ‘On the one hand, appeasing awful governments turns many a stomach, including mine.’
      • ‘The story which unfolded over the past few months at Nottingham Crown Court was enough to make the most sturdy of stomachs turn.’
      • ‘The latest round of political maneuvering in Indonesia is enough to turn one's stomach.’
      • ‘I'm up at seven o'clock on the day of the game and my stomach's turning.’
      • ‘I was more nervous than I'd expected and my stomach turned as we paused outside of King's Cross.’
      • ‘I feel sick, my stomach lurching and turning and doing a dance I didn't request.’
      • ‘Your stomach will turn with anticipation on the drive over to SkyDive Toronto, located north of Barrie.’
      • ‘The sight of those five smug and arrogant oil corporation CEOs was enough to turn one's stomach.’
      • ‘My stomach turns at the notion, but the real gravity of the situation doesn't sink in until a few minutes later.’
      • ‘It's not a pretty sight, and my stomach turns when I look at him.’
      • ‘Just the thought had his stomach turning, and that had his anger boiling.’
      nauseate, cause to feel sick, cause to feel nauseous, sicken, make sick, make someone's gorge rise, make someone's stomach rise
      make someone want to throw up
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    5. 3.5(with reference to milk) make or become sour.
      become sour, go sour, go off, sour, curdle, become rancid, go bad, spoil, taint
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  • 4[no object] Start doing or becoming involved with.

    ‘in 1939 he turned to films in earnest’
    • ‘When film journalists turn to book writing, the result can be hilarious.’
    • ‘All these success stories have got many Indian Americans turning to film production, with finances in place or not.’
    • ‘More and more cricket players are turning to commentary and journalism.’
    • ‘He studied psychology at the University of Leuven, before turning to theatre and film.’
    • ‘Philips, also a Fox contract player, appeared in a few more films before turning to directing television.’
    • ‘In the last few years of his life his interests turned to developing Shannon's ideas on information theory.’
    take up, become involved with, get involved with, involve oneself in, begin to participate in, go in for, enter, become interested in, start doing, undertake
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    1. 4.1Go on to consider next.
      ‘we can now turn to another aspect of the problem’
      • ‘With the above background information in place, let us now turn to logophoric pronouns in African languages.’
      • ‘For further information we must therefore turn to an examination of the object itself.’
      • ‘Considering that it seems to be the standard form of attire here, the conversation quickly turns to the appeal of men in suits.’
      • ‘Finally, I turn to consider the practical consequences of giving the magistrates' court jurisdiction.’
      • ‘But as soon as the discussion turns to application, the student would be lost.’
      • ‘Before turning to the Grounds of Appeal, it is necessary to give some account of the arrest, detention and interviewing of the three appellants.’
      • ‘When the Special Adjudicator sat at 10 a.m. he referred to the Applicant's appeal before turning to another case listed that day.’
      • ‘With the jurisprudence in mind, I turn to the application of the factors to the case at hand.’
      • ‘In the next chapter, we turn to a philosophy that insists that mathematics is inherently informal.’
      • ‘The 11 th chapter turns to research applications of flow cytometry.’
      • ‘I will now turn to the application of section 129, and the role of the Speaker.’
      • ‘I therefore turn to consider whether the law imposes any limitation upon the exercise of power under the section.’
      • ‘With this information in hand, we now turn to several of the assertions in Isom's article.’
      • ‘Before turning to the application, we summarise briefly the evidence as taken from the transcripts of the summing up and the witness statements.’
      • ‘Later, of course, his Honour turns to consider this evidence which was right at the heart, far from being extraneous.’
      • ‘We turn to consider how those principles should be applied in the present context.’
      • ‘Attention will then turn to the application of the general rights of liberty and security of person.’
      • ‘In a flash, the minds of around thirty people turn to where their future drinks money will be coming from.’
      • ‘When the conversation turns to this problem, reference is often made to the state secrets act.’
      • ‘Let us now turn to other ways to gain information about the ancient Greek mathematicians.’
      move on to, go on to, begin to consider, turn one's attention to, attend to, address oneself to, apply oneself to
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    2. 4.2Go to for help or information.
      ‘who can she turn to?’
      • ‘Anyone in dire straits because of the floods should turn to the official appeal for help.’
      • ‘In a desperate bid to save time and money, one consultant turned to voice recognition software.’
      • ‘Some sites provide information which discourages patients from turning to conventional treatments for cancer.’
      • ‘It's not so much the BBC or foreign sources of information that people are turning to.’
      • ‘The women have no recourse if something goes wrong, no one to turn to for further advice.’
      • ‘Though most victims remain silent, even those who turn to police find no recourse.’
      • ‘The community turns to Florida Today as its source of information.’
      • ‘However, I ask him whether the cancer and his great age have made him consider turning to religion as a comfort.’
      • ‘Who do you turn to for news and information about science and health issues?’
      • ‘With the high rate at which formal employment is eluding many young people many are turning to the informal sector for a living.’
      • ‘Chang also noted that a number of top information technology players are turning to Linux as an operating system for mobile devices.’
      • ‘A small but growing group of Americans are turning to the Internet for objective information they can believe.’
      • ‘We found it the most informative source we could turn to for a quick update.’
      • ‘No disaster can hit the world, without audiences increasingly turning to those new producers of information.’
      • ‘The fact that Sprint is turning to IBM for its application development appears to be a key element of the pact.’
      • ‘Flash training is always an uphill battle but there are many sources of information that one can turn to.’
      • ‘It is clear senior aides also encouraged him to turn to a referendum in his search for legitimacy.’
      • ‘Lacking the funds necessary to purchase this relief through formal markets, one turns to the informal sector.’
      • ‘Biologists are turning to information technology to produce critically needed efficiencies in their work.’
      • ‘Many are now turning to betting markets for better information.’
      seek help from, have recourse to, approach, apply to, look to, appeal to
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    3. 4.3Have recourse to (something, especially something harmful)
      ‘he turned to drink and drugs for solace’
      • ‘In mitigation, the court heard he had turned to drink following a split with his wife.’
      • ‘I turn to the other recourse for rancid times: the cultivation of my garden.’
      • ‘To relieve her anxieties, Wong, 26, turns to a collagen fortified drink and forces herself to eat more fruits.’
      • ‘The court heard he had been a promising rugby player but had turned to drink and drugs when he was injured.’
      • ‘Boredom is also another reason for youngsters turning to drink.’
      • ‘In despair he turned to heroin, later kicking the habit through a method of his own devising.’
      • ‘The trauma leads some to turn to drink or drugs, as well as having difficulty forming lasting relationships themselves.’
      • ‘Having said that, if I was denied a drink at the age of 20 I'd probably have turned to drink.’
      • ‘And, it becomes a service of sorts as in the absence of the drink people turn to the illicit killer ones.’
      • ‘Tea or coffee are the two drinks most of us turn to first thing in the morning.’
      • ‘Since then, he had been fired from two jobs, and in the face of rising pot prices, had turned to other, more harmful drugs.’
      • ‘Left on the streets all day and scorned would you not become depressed, paranoid, turn to drink or drugs or thieve for a living?’
      • ‘He subsequently turned to drink and drugs and speaks about his road to recovery.’
      • ‘People turn to drink, people lose their families, people lose their wife.’
      • ‘This is the reason so many journalists become cynical and grumpy, and more than a few turn to drink.’
      • ‘It may also reduce the numbers who turn to a variety of unproved, and even harmful, alternative approaches.’
      • ‘As a result, the villagers turn to the bottle, drinking to forget how dreary their lives are.’
      • ‘When stressed, she doesn't turn to cigarettes or drink, or even beating the hell out of the soft furnishings.’
      • ‘As a comedian, I spend the days in sheer panic with my notebook, then at night I turn to drinking.’
      • ‘The thought was that people with low self-esteem turn to drinking or drugs for solace.’
      take to, resort to, have recourse to
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  • 5[with object] Shape (something) on a lathe.

    ‘the faceplate is turned rather than cast’
    • ‘He will turn wood on a lathe and tend the museum's medieval garden, which has plants for household, culinary and medicinal use.’
    • ‘In 1993, at the age of 81, Gunnar made himself a wood lathe specifically to turn spheres.’
    • ‘When Jonathan was 12, he started turning wood on a lathe.’
    fashion, make, shape, mould, cast, form
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    1. 5.1Give a graceful or elegant form to.
      ‘a production full of so many finely turned words’
  • 6[with object] Make (a profit).

    • ‘The show cost its investors a socking outlay of $14m, but within 14 months they started turning a sinfully large profit.’
    • ‘To fill in spare time, he was devising new odds calculation programmes for football matches, which were turning him a neat profit.’


  • 1An act of moving something in a circular direction around an axis or point.

    ‘a safety lock requiring four turns of the key’
    • ‘The turn of a key in the lock makes me jerk away from my heavenly memory and into my brutal reality.’
    • ‘Now it just the turn of key or the flick of a switch that gets us on our daily journey.’
    • ‘Lower the ram a bit and screw the seating stem down three or four turns.’
    • ‘As I put the key in the lock for the final turn, my mother asked me if I was sad.’
    • ‘I need to make at least a 90-degree shoulder turn on the backswing.’
    • ‘Each of these turns of the wheel was accompanied by fear, persecution, suspicion, and anxiety.’
    • ‘And that meant an extra turn of the screw in the Battle of the Church Chimes.’
    • ‘The answer is likely to depend on the political turn of the screw.’
    • ‘A quick turn of the steering wheel ran the car into two barrels filled with sawdust.’
    • ‘The engine stirred after the third turn of the key, emitting the guttural gurgle of a badly tuned rally car.’
    • ‘I turned it in my hand, gave the flint wheel a turn and the flame came to life.’
    • ‘Well, look at this term as a new turn of the wheel from which you could gain.’
    rotation, revolution, spin, circle, whirl, twirl, gyration, swivel
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    1. 1.1A bend or curve in a road, path, river, etc.
      ‘the twists and turns in the passageways’
      • ‘Sabrina went through twists and turns of the secret passage way.’
      • ‘This new circuit will allow for the testing of braking system performance in snow and ice conditions on sharp corners and twisty turns.’
      • ‘At 56 feet long the vehicle should have had a struggle to negotiate twists and turns - but the sharpest of bends was taken with ease.’
      • ‘Parenting, in all of its stages, is a path with mythic twists and turns - a spiritual adventure of the highest order.’
      • ‘This path has taken many curves and turns and at every point when there is a crossroad, something propels me in the right direction.’
      • ‘The image shows a straight road ahead with no turns flanged by cryptic road signs jutting out at strange angles.’
      • ‘That daunting task was made worse by plentiful leanings, curves, twists and turns.’
      • ‘Rogul led them through a maze of twists, turns, and secret passages.’
      • ‘I know the road well so I know exactly where night-time leaves its sharp twists, turns and blind bends.’
      • ‘With 73 turns and a rise and fall of 975 feet, almost every conceivable dynamic suspension condition is encountered each lap.’
      • ‘The distance is less than seven miles as the crow flies, but is 13 miles by water, because of the twists and turns of the river.’
      • ‘What's more certain is that when it comes to understanding knots, the road ahead almost certainly has more twists and turns.’
      • ‘Although it boasts the twists and turns of a single track road, it could have reached the same destination by motorway.’
      • ‘She imagined how charming it would be to meet a handsome young man around the turn of the path.’
      • ‘She had memorized the twists and turns of the path she took now.’
      • ‘Kenny kept leading them around twists and turns and crazy bends in the road before they finally pulled up to a beautiful three-story house.’
      • ‘Then, as they approached the left-hand turn, he tried to get ahead, clipping the Ferrari.’
      • ‘When we entered the city, it was all lit up with bright lights and the roads had many twists and turns.’
      • ‘The road is filled with plenty of twists, turns and curves.’
      • ‘On a tight slalom course, we found it stable under power but a trifle squirrelly under hard braking into a turn.’
      bend, corner, dog-leg, twist, zigzag
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    2. 1.2Cricket [mass noun]Deviation in the direction of the ball when bouncing off the pitch.
      ‘the spinners have already begun to extract a lot of turn’
      • ‘He played for turn, which is a dangerous assumption when Gilo is bowling.’
      • ‘He ambles in gently, tosses the ball generously in the air, and extracts fair turn.’
      • ‘It looks like Ozio doesn't have a lot of hand in the ball or as much turn as other people.’
      • ‘The ball was turning today but it was mainly slow turn.’
      • ‘The wicket in Centurion didn't take much turn, and that helped us a lot.’
    3. 1.3One round in a coil of rope or other material.
      • ‘Once you have completed about ten turns of the whipping take a sharp razor knife and cut the remainder of the trapped line flush with the whipping.’
      • ‘The filament is helical, and has ~ 11 monomers for every two turns of the one-start helix.’
      loop, twist, curl, hoop, roll, ring, twirl, gyre, whorl, scroll, curlicue, convolution
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  • 2A change of direction when moving.

    ‘they made a left turn and picked up speed’
    • ‘Adrian made a sharp turn with his wheel and got around Aziza, leaving her.’
    • ‘Then he made a right-angled turn, taking his four-wheel-drive vehicle out over bumpy grass.’
    • ‘There are the car races and hand-brake turns, not forgetting the obligatory ghetto blaster.’
    • ‘He hears the squeaky wheel of a grocery cart behind him and turns.’
    • ‘As you can see from the picture, there is not even any room to do a three-point turn, never mind a high speed stunt!’
    • ‘If it's a driving test you'd probably be better off concentrating on your three-point turn.’
    • ‘We did hand brake turns and skids in an unbelievable ten minutes of driving, by a man who has been behind the wheel of rally cars for the past 13 years.’
    • ‘He claimed that he was making a three-point turn when Mr Darlington went in front of his car.’
    • ‘You wouldn't know where to start with a three-point turn if you had not been taught how to and had a go by yourself.’
    • ‘She gave an exasperated sigh as she turned the steering wheel to the right to make a turn.’
    • ‘It was called Snap because whenever a marcher turns, pivots, or stops he or she literally must be so quick about that it seems like they literally snap into place.’
    • ‘Manouvere-wise I can do a three-point turn but the car growls at me when I'm reversing and I don't like it.’
    • ‘It can even increase brake pressure on the outside wheels when braking in turns.’
    • ‘We're going to make a left turn or a right turn, a complete turn right now.’
    • ‘Take two sharp left turns, forgetting wife's advice that sharp turns may indeed cause car sickness.’
    • ‘German Stefan Zoll livened up proceedings for the last half-hour with a few fancy turns and swivels but his remarkable failure to pass did little to aid Pickering's quest for a goal.’
    • ‘I found I could make quick turns without that uneasy feeling that the vehicle could roll over.’
    • ‘I had aced my emergency stop and my hill start, and we were on our way to do a three-point turn.’
    • ‘Jurors continued along the track, with Mr Latham pausing to point out a site where a car would have been able to make a three-point turn.’
    • ‘Again, the owner will probably get dizzy doing all these pivots and turns, but it's important to keep at it.’
    change of direction, change of course, turning, veer, divergence
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    1. 2.1A development or change in a situation.
      ‘the latest turn of events’
      ‘life has taken a turn for the better’
      • ‘The firm is apologetic, and clearly ashamed at the turn of events.’
      • ‘But embracing their own intricate turns of temperament and giving up on feeling safe all the time is what gave Scott and Evan their music, and what gave us Lazersnake.’
      • ‘Soon, though, its songs take a turn towards William Blake and the Old Testament.’
      • ‘In a surprising turn of events, it appears that he may do something right regarding immigration.’
      • ‘Industry observers say that the sudden turn of events in the industry has to be assimilated with a note of caution.’
      • ‘Ms Wilkins says until the unexpected turn of events she faced a grim Mother's Day.’
      • ‘Enemies become friends and friends become enemies during a surprising turn of events.’
      • ‘In a terrible turn of events, someone has spilled beer on the server.’
      • ‘Alarmed by the turn of events the governments behave like spurned lovers.’
      • ‘This turn of events scares the hell out of me.’
      • ‘He admitted things seemed to have taken a turn for the better in recent years.’
      • ‘Phrases lead to complex, surprising turns and developments.’
      • ‘In a surprising turn of events, today was warm and sunny.’
      • ‘The case represents an unprecedented turn of events for Internet journalism.’
      • ‘However, events took an unexpected turn when Jordan kept her family waiting, arriving two hours late for the party.’
      • ‘It is a turn of events even the most inventive Hollywood screenwriter would be hard-pressed to make up.’
      • ‘This has to be one of the most bizarre turns of events I've seen in a very long time.’
      • ‘In a sudden turn of events, Malik's family refused to pay his defence lawyers.’
      • ‘Events in the office continue to take a turn for the surreal.’
      • ‘As the group's fantasies become more ambitious, events take a sinister turn.’
      improve, get better, pick up, look up, perk up, rally, turn a corner, turn the corner
      recover, revive
      deteriorate, get worse, grow worse, worsen, decline, retrogress
      go downhill
      development, incident, occurrence, happening, circumstance, phenomenon
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    2. 2.2A time when one period of time ends and another begins.
      ‘the turn of the century’
      • ‘Schreker's opera not as a work from a turn of the century long ago, but as a paradigm with very contemporary relevance.’
      • ‘The guild was established at the turn of the last century.’
      • ‘It collapsed during a storm at the turn of the century.’
      • ‘I often feel I am an anachronism, that I would be more at home at the turn of the century than today.’
      • ‘They also stepped up on their weapons cache since the turn of the millennium.’
      • ‘It's the turn of a new century and Dummies Theatre is in the mood for reflection, literally and figuratively.’
      • ‘London's FTSE 100 index peaked at 6,900 at the turn of the millennium.’
      • ‘The sandstone buildings date back to the turn of the century when terraced houses first became popular in Glasgow.’
      • ‘He will look to kick-start his season after just four victories since the turn of the year.’
      • ‘The first element of the vision was radical at the turn of the millennium.’
      • ‘There was no way we would be able to feed all the billions of extra hungry mouths come the turn of the century…’
      • ‘By the turn of the century, Buenos Aires was the largest city in Latin America, with a population of over one million.’
      • ‘They were still active in Central Otago after the turn of the century.’
      • ‘I have a theory that this maybe a turn of the century thing.’
      • ‘However, around the turn of the 15th century, the practice began of having a small chorus sing polyphonically.’
      • ‘Barbershop singing originated in the US at the turn of the last century, when quartets would sing in real barbers' shops.’
      • ‘Having dropped just three points since the turn of the year, the Sandhill Lane club are now chasing down a top-five finish.’
      • ‘By the turn of the century, Al-Jazeera broadcasts could be watched around the clock on all five continents.’
      • ‘After the turn of the 20th Century, the fast decline in the number of tigers was mainly due to poaching and hunting.’
      • ‘By the turn of the century, smallpox had nearly eliminated the Haida people.’
    3. 2.3A place where a road meets or branches off another; a turning.
      ‘they were approaching the turn’
      • ‘After a short rest he started descending but quickly realised he'd taken the wrong turn.’
      • ‘Running down the long corridors he took a wrong turn, crashing into a group of girls before he realised his mistake.’
      • ‘Alex had been driving during the night while Max slept, but somehow he'd taken a wrong turn in the dark, a wrong turn that turned into several wrong turns.’
      • ‘Garry said they drove from Darwen town centre towards Ewood and for some reason Sean missed his turn into Branch Road.’
      • ‘Just as he approached the turn near the Talbooth restaurant, a black beast bigger than a dog but with the tail of a cat strayed across his path.’
      • ‘Her next turn was four miles up the street, a right into a business complex.’
      • ‘I stuck to the Navigation Map which is easier to use than the north-facing map and also highlights your next turn at the top of the screen.’
      • ‘The new works have allowed an improved view of the approach to the turn and has widened the roadway at a crucial spot.’
      • ‘Whilst trying to get home yesterday we managed to miss the turn for the North Circular due to lack of clear signage.’
      • ‘In the other parts of the city, all through the dead ends and turns of the back alleys, Rocky knew his way like he had a map stored away in some garbage can.’
      turning, junction, crossroads
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    4. 2.4A change of the tide from ebb to flow or vice versa.
      ‘the turn of the tide’
      • ‘This week marks the return of an old friend, who comes to us now at the turn of the tide.’
      • ‘But when they see the accuracy of the position, we will see the turn of the tide.’
      • ‘Nature speaks at the tide's turn, when all that drifts is gathered, going round again.’
      • ‘They have to be hauled during the turn of the tide, when the water flow is at a minimum.’
      • ‘The opening has signalled a turn of the tide for unionism in Australia.’
      • ‘On the second day the action again tailed off much beyond the turn of the tide.’
      • ‘But the last two games have been pretty dire, and we are all fervently hoping that tomorrow we will see the turn of the tide!’
      • ‘We had to wait until next day and the turn of the tide to conduct the first dive on our newest wreck.’
      • ‘However, the tide of the war takes a precipitous turn, forcing Riley and his commanders to take drastic measures.’
    5. 2.5The beginning of the second nine holes of a round of golf.
      ‘he made the turn in one under par’
      • ‘She had four birdies on a bogey-free front side and led by four strokes at the turn.’
      • ‘The gap was still one hole at the turn, after a brace of deuces at the short ninth from Westwood and Haas.’
      • ‘Instead of a hot dog at the turn, eat an energy bar with a blend of protein, fats and carbohydrates.’
      • ‘By the time he approached the turn, he had dispensed with his trademark cap along with the aura of controlled authority he usually brings to a golf course.’
      • ‘I had a match to play that afternoon as well and ran into Kassie at the clubhouse when she was making the turn.’
      • ‘Not wanting to be embarrassed, I shot a 47 on the front nine and really bore down after the turn.’
      • ‘Woods reached the turn having dropped six shots in nine holes.’
      • ‘It's a second bogey in three holes since the turn.’
      • ‘The veteran Watson moves to two under as he approaches the turn.’
      • ‘The match was pretty tight on the front nine but I had a couple of really good holes around the turn and I pulled away.’
      • ‘I love the guy who orders two hamburgers, French fries and a soda at the turn.’
      • ‘Not too shabby, but at the turn is usually the point where I would run into trouble.’
  • 3An opportunity or obligation to do something that comes successively to each of a number of people.

    ‘it was his turn to speak’
    • ‘The idea is to allow them to have more time doing other things - they will be beeped for the rides when their turn comes.’
    • ‘They sat to one side, waiting and watching as other children took their turns.’
    • ‘When his turn came to speak, Jacob pushed his feet as far as he could under his desk before he started.’
    • ‘If you are lucky enough to roll 3 sets of doubles during your turn, you get to make up a rule.’
    • ‘Last week, it was the turn of the Limerick Leader and the Buckley clan.’
    • ‘Recently, it was the turn of one of my Foolish colleagues.’
    • ‘Meanwhile it's the turn of some neglected sectors to dust down their accounts, ready for inspection.’
    • ‘Is it the turn of successful businessmen to do something similar now to catalyse and hasten progress?’
    • ‘Finally, at around 1920, it was my turn, and I walked out into the field to be met by the pilot.’
    • ‘Commerce players eschew the polite taking of turns; instead they shout down adversaries to win commodities cards.’
    • ‘The guys all came up to get thirds and Christopher offered to take a turn at the cooking.’
    • ‘The Army decided it was their turn have a shot at Navy.’
    • ‘CJ, who was sitting on the side waiting for his turn, waves, and she returns it as a half wave.’
    • ‘They sometimes pass them around during the service so another person can take a turn leaning on the staff.’
    • ‘Samantha stood quietly to the side, waiting her turn, wondering where Jeana and Jais were.’
    • ‘If a company wants money from the city, then one of its top executives can handle a turn at the podium.’
    • ‘They spoke in turns and never interrupted the one with the spear.’
    • ‘Mr Wilson and Mr Nicholas stood to the side waiting their turn.’
    • ‘I said we're all gonna take a turn, and you're gonna do it outta the kindness of your heart.’
    • ‘This is not surprising given the way each company also seems to take a turn being the industry darling.’
    opportunity, chance, say
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    1. 3.1A short performance, especially one of a number given by different performers in succession.
      ‘Lewis gave her best ever comic turn’
      ‘he was asked to do a turn at a children's party’
      • ‘But 2004 conjured up several memorable turns, including the likes of Billy Bob Thornton in Bad Santa and Tom Cruise in Collateral.’
      • ‘Benicio Del Toro does a marvellous turn as a mentally debilitated Indian.’
      • ‘There are some quietly assured turns from Paschal Scott as Mick Flanagan and Noel O'Donovan as Dandy.’
      • ‘Michael J Fox does a good turn as the voice of Milo, and James Garner's Rourke is evil enough to be engaging.’
      • ‘Rather, we thrill to the juxtaposition of four amazing actors trading turns as the literary lovers in their prime and autumnal years.’
      • ‘But he is bogged down by a terrible script - crammed with all that is clunky, cutesy and phoney - and surrounded by actors giving turns of pure ordure.’
      • ‘It was a very good cast, all in all, with great contributions from the male chorus, in hilarious turns as the rowdy serenading musicians and the police force.’
      • ‘This will be followed by what used to be called a ‘medley’ of musical turns, a bit of pop, extracts from West End musicals and a bit of classical music.’
      • ‘The finale featured solo turns by some of Glover's student devotees, young and old, and a joyous shim-sham dance by the entire cast.’
      • ‘I stare through the comic turns, the cardboard walls and doors, the creaky plots, the clunking dialogue.’
      • ‘In the past few years, those of us who've made this argument have largely been proven true, due to a couple of very strong turns by the actor in Chicago and Unfaithful.’
      • ‘As a child I used to love New Year's Eve because the holiday community to which we belonged built a bonfire, sang songs and did comic turns.’
      • ‘Stewart's like a young Jodie Foster, before that actress took a turn with Taxi Driver.’
      • ‘His comic turn failed to save him from nine months' hard labour.’
      • ‘It was engaging and unusual and loaded with actors taking new turns.’
      • ‘Their caustic relationship alternates between comic turns and hair-raising go-for-blood verbal combat.’
      • ‘But this being a variety show, a concept as outdated as the acts themselves, at least the turns were mercifully short.’
      • ‘The bank employees do comic turns, so they don't appear threatening.’
      • ‘Polak is a powerful presence in the lead, displaying remarkable physical and emotional range, while Treasa Levasseur is a standout in both comic and tragic turns.’
      act, routine, performance, number, piece
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    2. 3.2A performer giving a short performance.
      ‘Malton's comedy turn, Mark Poole, takes to the stage tonight in Cinderella’
      • ‘To many in Scotland, Smith is just a comic turn and it's often taken outsiders to recognise her ability to do more than just drop one-liners.’
      • ‘Rush is always an entertaining turn and the role promises to license a hyperactive nastiness.’
      • ‘There's a fat guy in it who doesn't seem to be a comic turn nor a villain.’
      • ‘The news that the Queen Mother was in fact a comic turn grabbed the next day's headlines.’
      • ‘A cheeky Scouse chappie, Kenny Everett, was making a bit of a name for himself too, but he seemed more of a comic turn than a jock.’
      • ‘Then best known as one of the stars of The Comedians, Granada's popular showcase of northern comic turns, Reid was as surprised as anyone when he was asked to front the new series in 1975.’
      • ‘She simply agonises over how to describe what she does when a camera is pointed at her, saying that she feels more like a performer or a circus turn than an actress.’
  • 4A short walk or ride.

    ‘why don't you take a turn around the garden?’
    stroll, walk, saunter, amble, wander, airing, promenade
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  • 5informal A shock.

    ‘you gave us quite a turn!’
    shock, start, surprise, jolt
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    1. 5.1A brief feeling or experience of illness.
      ‘he has these funny turns’
      • ‘But Auntie has been having a lot of funny turns lately.’
      • ‘Suddenly decided to recheck my maths and realised I must have had a funny turn.’
      • ‘In our study 25% of patients with funny turns had features on EEG that could be misinterpreted.’
      • ‘But she then started to experience funny turns and we cancelled the holiday.’
      • ‘If one of them could take a funny turn just before the race, that would be perfect.’
      • ‘At one point, Currie found himself up by the patient's head, which gave him a bit of a funny turn.’
      • ‘I can have a drink with those sort of reactionaries whereas fascists bring on one of my funny turns.’
      • ‘Harry thought I was having another one of my funny turns.’
  • 6The difference between the buying and selling price of stocks or other financial products.

    • ‘Nearly all market turns show divergences between price and technical indicators such as momentum.’
    • ‘The turn most likely reflects rising import prices, a result of the dollar's drop.’
    1. 6.1A profit made from the difference between the buying and selling price of stocks or other financial products.
  • 7Music
    A melodic ornament consisting of the principal note with those above and below it.

    • ‘There are no interesting harmonic turns, no unusual chords or harmony.’
    • ‘In the Romantic era, signs were still used for simple ornaments such as trills, turns, or mordents.’
    • ‘Here the many details, such as decorative turns, came across with meaning and heartfelt expression.’


  • at every turn

    • On every occasion; continually.

      ‘her name seemed to come up at every turn’
      • ‘You start in the catacombs but beware ghostly ghouls at every turn!’
      • ‘Taylor is surrounded at every turn.’
      • ‘There were pockets of shade at every turn.’
      • ‘Leading a university is no mean job, especially when numerous hurdles await you at every turn.’
      • ‘We're going to talk about positive issues, we're not going to be bashing the President at every turn.’
      • ‘As usual the world's best golfer has been second-guessed at every turn.’
      • ‘He frustrated and defied them at every turn and encouraged other captors to do the same.’
      • ‘Kimberly and I remain at Junior Consultant level, banging our heads against the glass ceiling at every turn.’
      • ‘It was a mantra repeated at every turn.’
      • ‘During the swim I came up against a challenge at every turn.’
      repeatedly, recurrently, all the time, always, continually, constantly, on every occasion, again and again, over and over again
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  • by turns

    • One after the other; alternately.

      ‘he was by turns amused and mildly annoyed by her’
      • ‘This story in particular is by turns mean, funny, and raunchy and clever.’
      • ‘The man is, by turns, amused and annoyed by the presence of cameras in his midst.’
      • ‘The material, by turns dark and comic, is simply too extraordinary to embellish, and the book too extraordinary to put down.’
      • ‘Miller is by turns noble and excessively solicitous.’
      • ‘His expression and demeanor are by turns grumpy and fierce.’
      • ‘It's charming and embarrassing, silly and touching by turns; mildly, reassuringly affecting.’
      • ‘Some students lined up outside by turns day and night.’
      • ‘Unfortunately, it was by turns thrilling and boring, with little else in between to savor emotionally.’
      • ‘Such dubious assertions are by turns annoying and unintentionally amusing.’
      • ‘It's by turns damning, hilarious, devastating and galvanising.’
  • do someone a good (or bad) turn

    • Do something that is helpful (or unhelpful) for someone.

      ‘he was a friend of mine, and had done me some good turns over the previous few months’
      • ‘Thought I'd do him a good turn and keep his business going for him.’
      • ‘They did her a good turn.’
      • ‘A journalist who, because she was from his own native county of Longford, decided to do her a good turn, found himself in court because Ms Johnson did not like the way her comments were treated in the Star.’
      • ‘Maybe they could do me a good turn one day.’
      • ‘I hope that thinking about this sort of stuff does you a good turn.’
      • ‘It's not just the money because they also did us a good turn as players.’
      • ‘He was a man who did us a good turn, and who's facing death because of it.’
      • ‘We were trying to do Steve a good turn.’
      • ‘He does her a good turn and thinks he can then be done with it.’
      • ‘People are looking for the Cardinal to do them a good turn.’
      service, deed, act, action
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  • in turn

    • 1In succession; one after the other.

      ‘everyone took it in turn to attack my work’
      • ‘The band are in turn calling themselves very important and very brilliant at the same time.’
      • ‘They had to shout bogies in turn louder and louder - the loudest to shout was the winner.’
      • ‘A dealer is chosen and deals in turn to the players and themselves four cards each.’
      • ‘Each of us in turn would go down on our hands and knees and get a drink of the lovely spring water.’
      • ‘We each had a big bag of polystyrene balls and were taking it in turn to pour them out and ski down them.’
      • ‘These lures can be divided into three divisions, and I will deal with each of these in turn.’
      • ‘The team of four anglers took it in turn to fish the same swim and over a period of months took over a hundred fish.’
      • ‘The three of us went out to the landing, in turn peering through the tiny window into the lift.’
      • ‘Place the pears in the bowl of water and lemon juice while you are preparing each one in turn.’
      • ‘Cue much huddling and giggling and we all get to take it home for the night in turn.’
      one after the other, one by one, one at a time, in succession, successively, sequentially, in order
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      1. 1.1Used to convey that an action, process, or situation is the result of a previous one.
        ‘he would shout until she, in her turn, lost her temper’
        • ‘Front gardens have turned into driveways, which in turn have become mini car parks.’
        • ‘The Government in turn are guilty of neglect for failing to do anything about it.’
        • ‘Shareholders issue these vouchers to tenants who in turn issue them to employees.’
        • ‘Fish, in their turn, get to carnivores and in this way poison gets into a man's meal.’
        • ‘The depression of the pan would in turn lift up a valve and allowed water to flow out.’
        • ‘The school system is a microcosmic image of a tyrannical society - the rich older boys rule the roost while the juniors bide their time, accepting the bullying, waiting to become bullies in their turn.’
        • ‘They in turn returned it to the parish and it has been kept in safe keeping ever since.’
        • ‘For half the year this is a salt lake full of krill, which in turn attracts millions of flamingos.’
        • ‘This in turn span the phone up into an arc whereupon I went to grab it with all the grace of an England fielder.’
        • ‘They in turn would identify the relevant vehicle and stop it at a safe place in order to speak to the driver.’
  • not know which way (or where) to turn

    • Not know what to do.

      • ‘We are at our wits end and don't know which way to turn.’
      • ‘He finds his job as a currency trader empty, and he doesn't know where to turn.’
      • ‘In the fishing industry they don't know which way to turn at the moment.’
      • ‘Julie is still trying to cope with her truanting, drug-taking son and she doesn't know where to turn to find help.’
      • ‘The illiterate farmer doesn't know where to turn.’
      • ‘I am in a no-win situation and I don't know which way to turn any more.’
      • ‘We have teenagers that are really hurting today and they don't know which way to turn.’
      • ‘People are very annoyed and they don't know where to turn.’
      • ‘Our health care system so bewildering and impersonal that one often doesn't know where to turn or whom to trust.’
      • ‘How can I go forward when I don't know which way to turn?’
  • not turn a hair

    • Remain apparently unmoved or unaffected.

      ‘if I was told I'd been sacked tomorrow, I don't think I'd turn a hair’
      • ‘Now, if you are fortunate to have one of those ex-racers who is so grateful to be off the track that they don't turn a hair when you get on them, and walk around quiet and flat-footed from day one, you can begin to introduce the other gaits.’
      • ‘I want the old dog, who doesn't turn a hair if you burst a balloon behind her and who sleeps on our bed at night (even if she does try to eat out feet occasionally).’
      • ‘And of course, cacti and succulents don't turn a hair in the heat.’
      • ‘She's so used to maltreated children that she doesn't turn a hair when they arrive covered in lice, or riddled with worms.’
      • ‘While his owner trembled at the turbulence, he happily looked out of the window and didn't turn a hair.’
      remain calm, keep calm, keep cool, remain composed, remain unruffled, appear unaffected, maintain one's equilibrium, keep control of oneself, not show emotion, not lose one's head, bite one's lip, keep a stiff upper lip
      keep one's cool, not bat an eyelid
      keep one's hair on
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  • one good turn deserves another

    • proverb If someone does you a favour, you should take the chance to repay it.

      • ‘She stabbed him a season or two back and one good turn deserves another.’
      • ‘‘As I see it,’ the woman said, ‘one good turn deserves another.’’
      • ‘His eyes hardened, ‘Well, I guess one good turn deserves another.’’
  • on the turn

    • 1At a turning point; in a state of change.

      ‘my luck is on the turn’
      • ‘Maybe it's dumb to hope for better from Labor, but the way Crean won the leadership creates a glimmer that things are on the turn.’
      • ‘Mods continued to dominate both possession and territory for the next half hour but the Otliensians' defence stood firm, frustrating the visitors to such an extent that it was apparent the tide could be on the turn.’
      • ‘It may be one of the great ironies of the modern economy that as the Finance Minister prepares to deliver a tough budget the global economy may be on the turn.’
      • ‘Today you can feel the tide of fashion on the turn.’
      • ‘The long ebb tide in markets may already be on the turn after a fall of more than 30 months' duration.’
      • ‘The fact that there are so many of them around suggests to some that the tide must be on the turn and that the only way now is up.’
      • ‘The tide was on the turn.’
      1. 1.1(of certain foods or liquids) going off.
        ‘the smell of meat on the turn’
        • ‘Does Englishness elide into Scottishness in a sidling sort of way, like a pint of milk on the turn?’
        • ‘He returned the bottle to the fridge, which smelled strongly of Sue's garlic and vegetables on the turn.’
        • ‘Some of the effusions of the last ten days have started to smell slightly off, like milk on the turn.’
  • out of turn

    • At a time when it is not one's turn.

      ‘he played out of turn’
      • ‘There was an incident of batting out of turn.’
      • ‘If you play out of turn, your opponent may require you to cancel and replay the stroke, without penalty.’
      • ‘The player was red-carded for shooting out of turn.’
      • ‘One of the guards saluted out of turn, slower than the others, and he winked, deliberately mocking.’
      • ‘Examples of discourteous actions are: shouting, freestyling, slapping course equipment, throwing out of turn and throwing or kicking golf bags.’
      • ‘The audience waits a little anxiously - no one wants to applaud out of turn.’
      • ‘They would then complain to the referee that she had played out of turn.’
      • ‘Anyone who plays out of turn should be disqualified.’
      • ‘In stroke play there is no penalty for playing out of turn.’
      • ‘They should have been disqualified for playing out of turn at the semi-final.’
  • speak (or talk) out of turn

    • Speak in a tactless way.

      ‘she was the first to take umbrage if they spoke out of turn’
      • ‘They may talk out of turn.’
      • ‘I don't think I am speaking out of turn by saying that I had words with the manager.’
      • ‘I was angry and probably spoke out of turn.’
      • ‘He spoke out of turn to the ref and was sin-binned.’
      • ‘There is the fear of speaking out of turn.’
      • ‘They don't want anyone talking out of turn.’
      • ‘However, we are not talking out of turn when, with respect, we congratulate Margaret Lawson on the 25 letters she had printed.’
      • ‘He might have been just talking out of turn, but tonight might be interesting.’
      • ‘If the person had been speaking out of turn and was prosecuted for that, the matter would be very different.’
      • ‘Was it because she couldn't stomach being criticised for speaking out of turn on a delicate subject?’
  • take turns (or britishtake it in turns)

    • (of two or more people) do something alternately or in succession.

      ‘the girls took turns admiring their reflections in the compact mirror’
      • ‘Then they took turns to cook and watch spectacular sunsets.’
      • ‘Speakers then took turns to denounce the government, complaining of unemployment, poverty and corruption.’
      • ‘The girls took turns feeding her by hand as she hung there.’
      • ‘The duo took turns writing scenes then acting each one out.’
      • ‘You and your partner should take it in turns, on alternate days, to be the asker.’
      • ‘They were taking it in turns to call each other big girls on their CDs.’
      • ‘My girl and I took turns putting our fingers in our ears, or hands over our eyes during the scary bits.’
      • ‘All four girls would take turns with the churn.’
      • ‘We had two footballs and took turns lining up penalties.’
      • ‘There were two other girls who were taking turns trying to get his attention.’
      alternate, take turns, take it in turns, act in sequence, work in sequence, trade places, change, switch, interchange, exchange, swap
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  • to a turn

    • To exactly the right degree (used especially in relation to cooking)

      ‘beefburgers done to a turn’
      • ‘Gideon Gaye's follow-up, Hawaii, confounded all those expectations but still managed to serve up a generous dose of thoughtful, evocative tunes, done to a turn.’
      • ‘All the steaks were absolutely huge and for the most, done to a turn.’
      • ‘It is studded with rustic croutons that have been crisped to a turn in butter.’
      • ‘The pork roast was done to a turn.’
      • ‘They were cradled in that fine, light French bread that had been buttered and crisped to a turn.’
      • ‘Okay, how about young, tender vegetables grown right on the shore, picked fresh, and sautéed to a turn in hand-churned butter.’
      • ‘And make sure the underpart is baked to a turn, so that it's all soaked in juice, so well done that the whole of it, you see, is - I mean, I don't want it to crumble, but melt in the mouth like snow, so that one shouldn't even feel it - feel it melting.’
      perfectly, just right, exactly right, to perfection
      to a t
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  • turn and turn about

    • One after another; in succession.

      ‘the two men were working in rotation, turn and turn about’
      • ‘Simultaneously, taking turn and turn about, the Maltese winch operator and SAR diver conducted the same evolution from the Lynx, all under the watchful eye of the Flight Commander Lt Gary Criddle.’
      • ‘The pianists, one German, the other Lithuanian, take turn and turn about, and the first five works alternate between violin and piano and piano trio.’
      • ‘When we got back home we started out on the task of scanning and correcting the prints, taking turn and turn about but, really, there's only so much you can do.’
      • ‘One form of liberty is to rule and be ruled turn and turn about.’
      • ‘I distributed them equally between my four pockets, and sucked them turn and turn about.’
      • ‘The Hatfields and the McCoys go at it, turn and turn about, until no one's left standing.’
      • ‘A typically sage introduction from Cook follows in which, turn and turn about, he questions the significance of each of the key words in the book's title and in so doing introduces the topics that subsequent chapters will cover.’
  • turn one's back on

    • 1Ignore (someone) by turning away from them.

      • ‘She froze, then turned her back on him and started walking towards the waterfall.’
      • ‘Without waiting for an answer, I turned my back on him again, trying to ignore the rather intimidating presence of Will standing behind me.’
      • ‘Karina nearly turned her back on all this but she suddenly heard noises coming from her room.’
      • ‘I turned away quickly, jumping the stairs two at a time to my room, ignoring the screams of, ‘Don't you turn your back on me!’’
      • ‘He went, and it cost him his life. You can almost hear her saying to his spirit, ‘How dare you spurn me and turn your back on me?’’
      • ‘Jessie's already in the gym, and when she sees me walk in with Eva she just turns her back on me and IGNORES me.’
      • ‘He turned his back on Brett, trying to ignore him.’
      • ‘Rather oddly, the fireman sporting a handlebar moustache about to sip a saucer of hot cocoa is ignoring the fire ragtag behind him and turns his back on two colleagues who are tackling it.’
      • ‘Before his hot temper could boil out wrongfully, Ryuko turned his back on the guardian and walked wordlessly off.’
      • ‘Ms. Aiken scoffed slightly and turned her back on Tristyn to make her way back to the front of the class.’
      • ‘I turn my back on Anja and her gang and walk away deciding to ignore them for the rest of the day.’
      • ‘Don't turn your back on me, I won't be ignored!’
      • ‘You just had to walk away, turn your back on me, ignore me.’
      snub, slight, spurn, shun, disdain, look right through, look past, give someone the cold shoulder, cold-shoulder, freeze out, steer clear of
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      1. 1.1Reject or abandon (a person or thing that one was previously involved with)
        ‘she turned her back on her career to devote her life to animals’
        • ‘What we've done is turned our back on those people, we've abandoned them and said that ‘You're not worthy of having a news service.’
        • ‘He was turning his back on all these people that had worked for him and essentially, like a general abandoning his army in the field just before a decisive battle.’
        • ‘But more importantly, you've got to turn your back on all this negative campaigning.’
        • ‘Accept this, and be not afraid to turn your back on what you were in order to become something else.’
        • ‘His father turned his back on all requests for help.’
        • ‘He then turned his back on what he had always known and walked into a new life.’
        • ‘He's turned his back on what his duty was, to serve the public, not his buddies in government.’
        • ‘I have got a job and have turned my back on my previous lifestyle.’
        • ‘You know, the kind of guy you would never turn your back on in a million years.’
        • ‘‘I have spent 20-odd years of my working life with the BBC and I don't turn my back on that lightly,’ the 69-year-old said.’
        • ‘You couldn't help thinking of people at school who you'd turned your back on, when vicious cliques had made their days a misery.’
        • ‘Here, it seemed to be saying, is a party that stands for something that the others have turned their back on: real equality and the redistribution of wealth.’
        • ‘She turned her back on nine years of teaching and began the daunting task of learning a new profession.’
        • ‘Now there is her British debut, which is more of a homecoming than people realise. ‘I love living in America, but I could never turn my back on who I am,’ she says.’
        • ‘Here is a gentleman who wants to turn his back on his previous lifestyle and looks to the future with some hope.’
        • ‘He's American, but this Americanism is something he is turning his back on.’
        • ‘Her grandmother had never, ever turned her back on anyone, not even the family that ignored her while she was alive.’
        • ‘I turned my back on him, I had rejected him, I had walked away from him.’
        • ‘But she had thrown them away, turned her back on them to chase heroism.’
        • ‘People share a real sense of purpose there and it's not an easy thing to turn your back on.’
        abandon, give up, have done with, throw up
        reject, renounce, repudiate
        quit, pack in, jack in
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  • turn the (or a) corner

    • Pass the critical point and start to improve.

      ‘the industry has turned the corner and things are looking up’
      • ‘We're only just turning the corner but Tuesday was a massive bonus for us.’
      • ‘Improved communication with the islanders has helped turn the corner.’
      • ‘Are we turning the corner?’
      • ‘We are now turning the corner and are looking for a turnover of 3.5m next year.’
      • ‘When it comes to improving public schools, we are turning the corner.’
      • ‘Former pit communities in South Yorkshire hit by the collapse of the mining industry are finally turning the corner after years of decline.’
      • ‘All that is historic mumbo-jumbo as Indonesia now turns the corner and heads for a future that could well be the envy of many.’
      • ‘We hope that we are turning the corner with the president's tax cuts.’
      • ‘The games industry looks as if it is finally turning the corner.’
      • ‘Consumption of red meat was now higher than it had been in the last decade, and the industry had turned a corner.’
      improve, get better, pick up, look up, perk up, rally, turn a corner, turn the corner
      recover, revive
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  • turn a deaf ear

    • Refuse to listen or respond to a statement or request.

      ‘he turned a deaf ear to all appeals’
      • ‘In her complaint to the SSP, Ms Suman alleged that the despite repeated representations the local police turned a deaf ear to their grievances.’
      • ‘When environmental concerns were initially raised, early on, Government turned a deaf ear.’
      • ‘Like any parent whose pockets are empty, I turned a deaf ear.’
      • ‘You turned a deaf ear to the worldwide protests.’
      • ‘But no matter how many warning signs have been flashed-up and alarm bells rung up the Government is hell bent on on closing its eyes and turning a deaf ear.’
      • ‘In spite of this, I sometimes feel like turning a deaf ear to their words, because often mindless politicians are not prudent when they make speeches in public.’
      • ‘When the property management company turned a deaf ear to residents' advice, residents refused to pay the fees.’
      • ‘On this occasion, the Coalition has turned a deaf ear to the advice of the Attorney General and an independent legal expert, both of whom believe it to be unconstitutional.’
      • ‘The bishop has turned a deaf ear to their repeated pleas to him to reverse this decision.’
      • ‘While society turns a deaf ear to such helpless women, it gives full credence to unmarried females who are at liberty to decide the fates of innocent males.’
      • ‘The Minister is turning a deaf ear to the pleas of the people on the ground who know first hand what the situation is.’
      • ‘Ever get the feeling our Prime Minister just turns a deaf ear whenever he's given information that doesn't fit neatly with his politics?’
      • ‘She just accepted what the book said about how to feed our daughter, and turned a deaf ear to me, even if the hungry baby was crying for milk.’
      • ‘But the banking industry is apparently turning a deaf ear to the central bank's call as bank lending still stood high at around 17 percent to 18 percent.’
      • ‘Her efforts to find her son a permanent job even as a peon have been futile; the block development officer turns a deaf ear to her requests, she says.’
      • ‘Not only was the boss unaware of the fact, but he turned a deaf ear to the numerous warnings of his editorial team and promoted the young journalist to the prestigious national reporting staff.’
      • ‘The fact of the matter is, this administration has turned a deaf ear to the industrial heartland.’
      • ‘Unfortunately, these same people can turn a deaf ear when forced to listen to someone else's point of view.’
      • ‘The federation spokesman today said it had to go ahead with the agitation as the government has turned a deaf ear to the demands of the doctors, who have repeatedly drawn attention to these demands for the past three years.’
      • ‘Unfortunately, despite the protests that women's organisations have made over the years, successive governments seem to have turned a deaf ear to their pleas.’
      ignore, disregard, brush aside, shrug off, set aside, pass over, let pass, let go, overlook, look the other way, pretend not to notice
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  • turn one's hand to something

  • turn one's head

  • turn heads

    • Attract a great deal of attention or interest.

      ‘she recently turned heads with a nude scene’
      • ‘It must have turned heads as cars passed, drawing more unwanted attention to the situation.’
      • ‘Every once in a while folk from the land down under do something that turns heads up here in the north.’
      • ‘Their special triplet pram turns heads, and one passing woman was so surprised when she saw the three little girls she dropped the pie she was eating.’
      • ‘It turns heads with its front, side and rear profiles.’
      • ‘The unusual gathering attracted attention from the shoppers and turned heads and some of the passers by had a go at drawing.’
      • ‘But this is the only time of year when a black-cloaked guide screaming and brandishing a whip barely turns heads.’
      • ‘There is something about leather that turns heads and catches attention.’
      • ‘I often turned heads, but this flash of interest was accompanied by raucous laughter, shrill whistles, or, most often, suggestive murmurs.’
      • ‘Your attractiveness is turning heads all over the place.’
      • ‘The €20 million-plus price tag may turn heads in Limerick, but provincial papers tend to attract high prices, despite their select circulations.’
  • turn an honest penny

  • turn in one's grave

  • turn of mind

    • A particular way of thinking.

      ‘people with a practical turn of mind’
      • ‘I do not think it takes a radical postmodern turn of mind to conclude we cannot reliably write much about the the mind.’
      • ‘Her dancers share Streb's rigorous turn of mind and her taste for visceral thrills.’
      • ‘Those of the atheistic turn of mind will look at things differently.’
      • ‘If no one in the village shares your interests or turn of mind, you'll never have intimate friends.’
      • ‘Jefferson, not surprisingly, was not of a prescriptive turn of mind on this question.’
      • ‘They had a little turn of mind that made things like that happen.’
      • ‘Excerpts from the memos clearly show a conservative turn of mind.’
      • ‘Sadly, she seems to have lost that adventurous turn of mind and decided to become an angry hypocrite instead.’
      • ‘He too is of a somewhat literal turn of mind.’
      • ‘Being of an inventive turn of mind, Dr. Abrams set upon the task of developing the apparatus.’
      bent, disposition, inclination, tendency, propensity, bias, way of thinking
      aptitude, talent, gift, flair
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  • turn of speed

    • The ability to go fast when necessary.

      ‘the boats showed a very fast turn of speed’
      • ‘Capable of a good turn of speed and equipped with very purposeful front bumpers the Stock Cars always provide plenty of incident full racing.’
      • ‘This ten oar open vessel also has an impressive turn of speed under sail.’
      • ‘We know Shaun is quick on the deck with a great turn of speed but I'm quick as well and we have quick players in the team.’
      • ‘Add to that outstanding build quality and a turn of speed indecently fast for a diesel and you have a great package.’
      • ‘He is a good runner with a fast turn of speed at the finish.’
      • ‘Smart took the lead on the fifth lap and found an extra turn of speed to lap nearly a second faster than the rest of the field.’
      • ‘Their powerful engines pushed these race cars along at a frightening turn of speed.’
      • ‘Full-back Scott Paterson had shown a dangerous turn of speed.’
      • ‘He has a rare turn of speed and the ability to beat men in the tightest of one-on-one situations.’
      • ‘It was Davis with the more rapid turn of speed who drove hard down the left hand side of the road, winning by a bike length.’
  • turn on one's heel

    • Turn sharply round.

      ‘he turned on his heel and strode out’
      • ‘They parted like the Red Sea and I stepped past them, then turned on my heel so that I could keep an eye on the fight.’
      • ‘So go he does, turning on his heel and slinking out with the cringe of a dog that's been kicked one too many times.’
      • ‘Her friends were there now so she just turned on her heel and walked away round the corner.’
      • ‘Val had to listen to some ridiculous questions at that meeting, and I don't blame him for turning on his heel and leaving.’
      • ‘He turns on his heel and walks off toward the street.’
      • ‘With that, she swiftly turned on her heel and disappeared as she rounded the corner to her destination.’
      • ‘And then you have to turn on your heel and go back the way you came.’
      • ‘Steven turned on his heel and stalked off to the kitchen leaving his dad to wonder what was going on.’
      • ‘After a few moments demanding cash, the eight-times married actress turned on her heel and disappeared into the back of a black limo.’
      • ‘My friend turns on his heel and exits the quiet, comfortable train.’
      • ‘And with that, I turned on my heel and walked out the back door.’
      • ‘Mr Bright said he ‘then pounded his fists on the bar, turned on his heel and stormed out’.’
      • ‘Each one of them wanted to meet the challenge, but I had to explain to them quite fast what I wanted from them, to stop them turning on their heel.’
      • ‘At which point he turned on his heel and continued down the carriage.’
      • ‘The day I stand up and address a jury and my stomach isn't churning then I will just turn on my heel and walk out of court and never come back.’
      • ‘If I were to walk into a place of business tomorrow and discover that you were the one with whom I must interview, I would turn on my heel immediately and never return.’
      • ‘She turns on her heel and quickly returns with our drinks in small, metallic pots and chipped mugs.’
      • ‘I turned on my heel, into the lounge and ordered a bottle.’
      • ‘He turned on his heel to leave the room, the applause ringing out behind him.’
      • ‘When they issue an order, I might question it a little bit, but pretty soon I'm going to salute, turn on my heel, and execute it.’
  • turn the other cheek

    • Refrain from retaliating when one has been attacked or insulted.

      • ‘And so this is not a pope who believes always in turning the other cheek.’
      • ‘I am done with taking the high road and turning the other cheek.’
      • ‘Are we reflecting an attitude that turns the other cheek, an attitude that goes the extra mile in the face of abuse?’
      • ‘Good people cannot stop a war merely by turning the other cheek.’
      • ‘Since then, I have cooled down and decided that was wrong and a sinful act of retaliation instead of turning the other cheek.’
      • ‘Good Christian values of compassion for one's enemies and turning the other cheek no longer apply.’
      • ‘They may not care for the theology and rituals but they do understand the tenets of Christianity based, if nothing else, on the Ten Commandments, along with lessons of turning the other cheek, the Good Samaritan etc.’
      • ‘Forgiveness, turning the other cheek, are, for me, signs of strength.’
      • ‘It is tough being tolerant and turning the other cheek sometimes.’
      • ‘Tell them if they are really committed to a nonviolent approach to undeserved attacks, they will turn the other cheek and negotiate a solution.’
  • turn over a new leaf

    • Start to act or behave in a better or more responsible way.

      • ‘It's the time of year for turning over a new leaf and resolving to be a New You.’
      • ‘Is he turning over a new leaf?’
      • ‘He is pleased to have finally turned over a new leaf and is looking forward to a bright future.’
      • ‘Avery's response is to turn over a new leaf.’
      • ‘He seems to have genuinely turned over a new leaf.’
      • ‘A reprieved Dr Rob turns over a new leaf, and places an illustrated lonely hearts ad.’
      • ‘He appears to have turned over a new leaf - though how long it lasts remains to be seen.’
      • ‘The stores are never empty and the oligarchs have turned over a new leaf.’
      • ‘I had these, but now I'm going to turn over a new leaf and that's all there is.’
      • ‘Apparently the boy has turned over a new leaf.’
      reform, improve, amend
      mend one's ways, become a better person, change completely, make a fresh start, change for the better, reconstruct oneself
      go straight, get back on the straight and narrow
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  • turn something over in one's mind

    • Think about something thoroughly.

      ‘he turned over in his mind what to say next’
      • ‘Zareni turned the thoughts over in his mind, knowing he had to tell his companions and not knowing how.’
      • ‘He gave it due consideration, turning the idea over in his mind.’
      • ‘There was a long pause while he studied her, turning something over in his mind.’
      • ‘He selects each person here with care, patiently turning them over in his mind, studying them with his kind eyes.’
      • ‘Catherine pondered for a moment pretending to turn the thought over in her mind.’
      • ‘As she walks away, he turns ideas over in his mind.’
      • ‘The man turns it over in his mind, chewing on his bottom lip.’
      • ‘But Catholicism is not a matter of taking a random set of moral abstractions, turning them over in one's mind, and deciding that they're pretty good guidelines to live by.’
      • ‘Geneva thoroughly turned this subject over in her mind and pondered upon it.’
      • ‘He turned it over in his mind trying to sift it to see what it was.’
      consider, contemplate, think about, give thought to, entertain the idea of, deliberate about, turn over in one's mind, mull over, chew over, reflect on, ruminate about, muse on
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  • turn round and do (or say) something

    • informal Used to convey that someone's actions or words are perceived as unexpected or unwelcome.

      ‘then she just turned round and said she wasn't coming after all’
      • ‘Of course, I could turn round and say it's almost a natural reaction, if someone goes in over the top on you, that you wave him off.’
      • ‘I just cannot believe that a guy who preached fiscal restraint for all the 1990s would turn round and, in order to get himself a name, would then bribe the economy with $3.9 billion.’
      • ‘Mainstream society doesn't want us to turn round and actually contest why there's so much hatred and why there's this established conquering and dominating others.’
      • ‘I am afraid it is no good any of us, and I include the police service in this, the PCA in other words, turning round and saying, ‘These decisions take an awful long time to come to fruition’.’
      • ‘This man, who I've known since we were 19, who saw me through my very worst years, casually turns round and tells me that the one brilliant thing I've ever done was his idea.’
      • ‘And that's one thing that we look at, when someone turns round and tells you that something is the case, turning around and saying - ‘well, is it?’’
      • ‘And of course many carers make extensive changes to their life and to their finances; can they be left in a difficult situation if those people turn round and wrongly accuse them?’
      • ‘I think that to turn round and say a member cannot do that is absolutely unfair.’
      • ‘When the school turns round and says we'd love to do that, but there's no money available to do it, there's not a lot we can do.’
      • ‘You write them off as beyond hope and then they turn round and say something that makes you wonder if they weren't right all along.’
  • turn the scales

  • turn the tables

    • Reverse one's position relative to someone else, especially by turning a position of disadvantage into one of advantage.

      ‘police invited householders to a seminar on how to turn the tables on burglars’
      • ‘Having absorbed your comments on the state of journalism, I'm turning the tables.’
      • ‘So researchers turned the tables on the cancer, taking advantage of a tumor's ability to attract the stem cells.’
      • ‘She was tired of men taking open advantage of women and decided to turn the tables.’
      • ‘He times it carefully, and quickly turns the tables on the hermit, pressing his attack and his advantage.’
      • ‘But her kindness turns the tables on her cruel master.’
      • ‘Just when the book seems about to cross the border into out-and-out sadism, however, Elizabeth turns the tables on her stalker and strikes a blow for women everywhere.’
      • ‘I think we're turning the tables on you, Howard.’
      • ‘Very often these games involve him turning the tables on us.’
      • ‘Instead the operator turns the tables on the subscriber.’
      • ‘In effect, less powerful countries have an increased ability to obstruct the major powers, but they are in no position to turn the tables.’
  • turn tail

    • informal Turn round and run away.

      • ‘We'll call it a draw, and turn tail and flee.’
      • ‘She turned tail and fled.’
      • ‘Upon reaching the end section of low beddings we turned tail and beat a hasty retreat!’
      • ‘Both robbers turned tail and fled.’
      • ‘David is forced to either find some courage quickly, or turn tail and flee.’
      • ‘She turned tail to flee.’
      • ‘Many of the guests turned tail and fled.’
      • ‘The diesel engine that shunts the little guard's van turns tail and pulls them home to Waitara.’
      • ‘I would have turned tail and fled from such a place had I not needed the money.’
      • ‘Well-established companies have turned tail and fled the industry because it's just too tough.’
      run away, flee, bolt, make off, take to one's heels, show someone a clean pair of heels, cut and run, beat a retreat, beat a hasty retreat
      scram, scarper, skedaddle, vamoose
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  • turn the tide

    • Reverse the trend of events.

      ‘the air power that helped to turn the tide of battle’
      • ‘A battle was waged which turned the tide of the Second World War.’
      • ‘The Code Talkers were honored for creating a code which was credited with saving thousands of lives and turning the tide of decisive battles in the Pacific theater.’
      • ‘Villagers have succeeded in turning the tide of village shop closures by opening a community shop and post office.’
      • ‘We will join with you in turning the tide against AIDS in Africa.’
      • ‘I am writing to you to ask for your help in turning the tide.’
      • ‘The manager looked capable of turning the tide as he pulled all the strings.’
      • ‘The National Commissioner said the police were turning the tide against crime and that this trend would continue.’
      • ‘Howard's commitment to the community may be what turns the tide.’
      • ‘They were widely credited with turning the tide of that war.’
      • ‘They are slowly, modestly, turning the tide.’
  • turn something to (good) account

    • Turn something to one's advantage.

      ‘he turned his literary accomplishments to account in his pictures’
      • ‘Of course, research in itself is no panacea, but more successful players like General Mills, Quaker Oats, Nabisco and, of course, Kraft, have turned it to good account.’
      • ‘She has not been engaged in a business activity to exploit her sporting prowess or to turn her talent to account in money.’
      • ‘Tangible assets, considered simply as material objects, are inert, transient and trivial, compared with the abiding efficiency of that living structure of technology that has created them and continues to turn them to account.’
      • ‘We say that the correct criterion is that enunciated by Justice Hill, namely, whether the athlete has turned her skill to account, and in that inquiry the subjective purpose of the athlete is a critical thing.’
      • ‘Further a field the Blues will look to Philip Nolan, David Bermingham, Pa and Anthony Kavanagh and Gavin and Brian Walker to gain valuable possession and turn it to account.’
      • ‘That is not something they can sell, and they cannot turn it to good account.’
      act on, take advantage of, capitalize on, use, exploit, make the most of, leap at, jump on, pounce on, grasp, grab, snatch, accept, put to advantage, profit from, turn to account, cash in on
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  • turn a trick

    • (of a prostitute) have a session with a client.

      • ‘She knows there are risks in this, but feels it is safer than walking the streets and turning a trick with a stranger.’
      • ‘We saw her puke once in the doorway across the street, and then five minutes later she turned a trick.’
      • ‘If she had to turn a trick here or there, she would do it.’
      • ‘One professional brazenly characterised himself (and by implication the wider profession) as an architectural whore, ever willing to turn a trick.’
      • ‘In a seamy storyline, she tries to badger her now-clean brother, Chris, into turning a trick with her in order to earn drug money.’
      • ‘‘Once after I turned a trick,’ she said, ‘the man wanted his money back.’’
  • turn turtle

    • (chiefly of a boat) turn upside down.

      ‘the other boat nearly turned turtle several times’
      ‘his tractor turned turtle and killed him’
      • ‘Kevin bellows instructions, and in quick time we exit the boat, turn turtle and fin towards the edge of the drop-off.’
      • ‘Riddled with bullet holes, the flat-bottomed vessel sank, turning turtle as it did so and settling on the 7m bottom.’
      • ‘Four minutes later the ship turned turtle and sank.’
      • ‘But en route at Chavara the ambulance met with an accident and turned turtle.’
      • ‘The Hampshire has turned turtle with much of the bows broken up where she hit the mine on that fateful day back in 1916.’
      • ‘She had turned turtle and capsized and those who were not able to get out in the first few hours were surely trapped for good.’
      • ‘The Kléber sank swiftly, turning turtle as she went.’
      • ‘The ship turned turtle and people went out on horses to save survivors.’
      • ‘The Bismark's excellent fire control and high rate of fire finally shredded Prince of Wales, which slowly turned turtle and sank.’
      • ‘Top-heavy, like all battleships, the Nagato turned turtle before leaving daylight behind.’
      overturn, turn over, tip over, roll over, upturn, capsize, turn topsy-turvy
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  • turn up one's nose at

Phrasal Verbs

  • turn about

    • Move so as to face in the opposite direction.

      ‘Alice turned about and walked down the corridor’
      • ‘He cleaved the head off of an imaginary foe before turning about, parrying a blow by another imaginary enemy.’
      • ‘It is exactly the kind of scene that van Hoogstraten proposes as ideal for viewing in a camera, full of countless people walking and turning about.’
      • ‘She was turning about to face us and at last closing his mouth.’
      • ‘Kourin watched in dismay as Kellan turned about and began walking towards the mountains.’
      • ‘He turned about and walked over to Ambrose's body.’
      • ‘It simply couldn't turn about and reverse direction and position that fast.’
      • ‘Atticus shook his head before turning about to face the remaining contributors to the conversation.’
      • ‘Phoenix turned about and walked.’
      • ‘She turned about, and draped her arms over my shoulders.’
      • ‘He turned about and gallantly he chickened out.’
      change direction, turn round, change course, make a u-turn, reverse direction
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  • turn against (or turn someone against)

    • Become (or cause someone to become) hostile towards.

      ‘public opinion turned against him’
      • ‘He turns Edward against his other elder brother George, Duke of Clarence, by libelling him with the suspicion of plotting to kill Edward, who imprisons him in the Tower.’
      • ‘Sutton's probably back at the Post right now turning Justin against me.’
      • ‘Didn't she realize that by turning Kelley against me she was effectively stuffing up any chance of this family being able to function in a way that would be comfortable for all of us?’
      • ‘Serena rejects the offer and Lil accuses David of turning Serena against her.’
      • ‘Their idealism turns them against, not towards, the party.’
      • ‘Olympias even managed to turn Alexander against his father.’
      • ‘She turned Queen Rosalind against her husband.’
      • ‘He breeds death and destruction, and is turning Man against Man in his love of battle and war.’
      • ‘He had robbed Carol and now he was turning Francis against her.’
      • ‘She didn't want to turn them against her.’
      make hostile to, set against, cause to dislike, cause to be unfriendly towards, prejudice against, influence against
      alienate from, drive a wedge between, estrange from
      become hostile to, take a dislike to, become unsympathetic to, become disenchanted with, become disillusioned with
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  • turn something around

  • turn someone away

    • Refuse to allow someone to enter or pass through a place.

      ‘tourists were turned away at the crossing points’
      • ‘We all know what Jody can do so we thought we'd test the water but we were turned away.’
      • ‘We could not turn her away and allowed her in our walls.’
      • ‘My passport says I have been refused entry so they may turn me away again.’
      • ‘For some reason, we were turned away from several gates.’
      • ‘What if they are turned away?’
      • ‘Reception staff turned her away.’
      • ‘Hospitals aren't legally allowed to turn you away.’
      • ‘Cleopatra enters, and he turns her away, saying that he wishes that Caesar will capture her and make a public spectacle of her.’
      • ‘She was turned away as caps are not allowed to be worn in the bar.’
      • ‘Until recently it was almost standard practice that you would be turned away from hospital.’
      refuse admittance to, send away
      reject, rebuff, repel, cold-shoulder
      send packing, give someone the brush-off
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  • turn back (or turn someone/thing back)

    • Go (or cause someone or something to go) back in the direction in which they have come.

      ‘they turned back before reaching the church’
      ‘police turned back hundreds of cars’
      • ‘Its car was turned back from a police checkpoint near her house.’
      • ‘I slung my bag on my back and reached Will, turning him back in the direction we had come.’
      • ‘Military police were turning reporters back.’
      • ‘Three were arrested as the mob was turned back by police.’
      • ‘Nez smiled, and grabbed Libratra by her sleeves, running with her towards the Police Department, where they were turned back by a CLOSED sign in pure black and white.’
      • ‘But they were turned back at Charles de Gaulle airport on Tuesday, because police claimed the groom's Kenyan passport did not have the right visa.’
      • ‘Fifteen hundred trucks transporting soya to Paraná's port of Paranágua have been turned back at the border.’
      • ‘A group of 150 football hooligans were turned back.’
      • ‘The tourists instead tried to cross a huge bridge blocks away, dragging their rolling luggage through broken glass, smashed bricks and trash, but they were turned back by police firing warning shots over their heads.’
      • ‘‘Hundreds of refugees have been turned back at its borders in recent months,’ the statement quoted him as saying.’
      repulse, drive back, fight back, force back, beat back, beat off, put to flight, repel
      retrace one's steps, go back, return
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  • turn someone down

    • Reject an offer or application made by someone.

      ‘the RAF turned him down on medical grounds’
      • ‘He never asks for help and he turns you down when you offer it.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Imagine my chagrin when, after a full-price offer, I was turned down.’
      • ‘One time he even offered to give her a massage, but Muriel turned him down.’
      • ‘I offered to baby-sit and she flatly turned me down.’
      • ‘He made a casual offer and I turned him down.’
      • ‘You would not complain if you were turned down in a job application for health reasons.’
      • ‘We haven't done anything lately and you're constantly turning me down whenever I offer to do something with you.’
      • ‘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.’
      reject, spurn, rebuff, refuse, decline, say no to
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  • turn something down

    • 1Reject something offered or proposed.

      ‘his novel was turned down by publisher after publisher’
      • ‘He knew it would be offered again when he turned it down.’
      • ‘We recommend that the proposals are turned down.’
      • ‘Chris and Phil turned his kind offer down.’
      • ‘Again in 1862 he was offered a post at the Polytechnic in Brunswick but turned it down despite the offer coming from his wife's home town, as he did the offer from Vienna four years later.’
      • ‘Sheffield Council says the Government has not turned its plans down.’
      • ‘Moyes turned the job down, just as he has rejected other offers from the Premiership.’
      • ‘Both players were offered modest proposals and turned them down.’
      • ‘The offer was turned down by the United boss and has been taken off the table.’
      • ‘‘I think this was a fair compromise in the situation, but the department turned this proposal down as well,’ she said.’
      • ‘She was asked by her Physical Education instructor to try out for netball but she had to turn the offer down.’
    • 2Adjust a control on an electrical device to reduce the volume, heat, etc.

      ‘she turned the sound down’
      • ‘I thought I could hear an echo, so I turned the volume down.’
      • ‘An understandably muted crowd turned the volume knob down another notch or two.’
      • ‘Cover the skillet, turn the heat right down, set the timer for 10 minutes and leave to sizzle.’
      • ‘They told her how much they look forward to having a decadent TV meal on a tray in front of the screen, turning the volume down and just admiring the Scottish scenery for an hour!’
      • ‘At eight o'clock, I woke her and turned the heat down and the lights off and locked the trailer.’
      • ‘I turned the heat down in my apartment a few days ago, and since then I've made efforts to bring it back up, but it's still not quite kicking in.’
      • ‘Even television commentators turned the volume down on jingoism after years of grinding the pride and the patience of other national fans within the British Isles.’
      • ‘When it is boiling furiously, turn the heat right down, add the slices of fish and cook them very, very gently for five to eight minutes, depending on the thickness of the turbot.’
      • ‘You can control what you hear, just simply find the spot in you where you can control the volume and turn it down.’
      • ‘I sighed, turned the volume down, and returned to my drawing board where I was working on the umpteenth attempt to get my feelings for snowdrops down on paper.’
      reduce, lower, decrease, lessen
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  • turn in

    • Go to bed in the evening.

      • ‘Alternately, before turning in you may like to embark on a quest to find the island's buried treasure.’
      • ‘Still feeling the impact of my long flight from London, I am keen to turn in.’
      • ‘Bangalore turns in early on winter nights, except for the few who frequent late night movie shows or night spots.’
      • ‘Lee was the last to turn in, but when he lay down on the bunk he felt poorly.’
      • ‘Before you turn in, take a moment to pamper your skin with a night cream.’
      go to bed, retire, call it a day, go to sleep
      hit the hay, hit the sack
      go up the stairs to bedfordshire
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  • turn someone in

    • Hand someone over to the authorities.

      ‘police have appealed to his family and friends to turn him in’
      • ‘My heart split in two as my only friend turned me in for a crime I did not do.’
      • ‘Her attacker was wearing an electronic tag at the time, and was eventually arrested and convicted - not because of the tag, but because a friend turned him in.’
      • ‘U.S. authorities are distributing flyers hoping someone there will turn him in, if only for the reward.’
      • ‘We could turn him in to the local authorities.’
      • ‘With his accounts frozen, he reportedly could no longer pay the expenses of his hideout in Venezuela and, unsentimental to a fault, his ‘friends’ and protectors turned him in.’
      • ‘When he is caught, the boys decide not to turn him in to the school authorities.’
      • ‘The girl's family turned him in to immigration authorities and he was deported.’
      • ‘He knows that it is his duty to hand Maria over to the authorities, but he is unable to turn her in.’
      • ‘He did rob a couple dozen banks when he was a cop before his best friend turned him in.’
      • ‘Then again, Marshall was one of my best friends, and turning him in would break our pact.’
      hand over, turn over
      betray, inform on, denounce, sell out, stab someone in the back
      split on, blow the whistle on, rat on, peach on, squeal on, squeak on
      grass on, sneak on, shop
      rat out, drop a dime on, drop the dime on, finger
      dob on, pimp on, pool, shelf, put someone's pot on
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  • turn something in

    • 1Give something to someone in authority.

      ‘I've turned in my resignation’
      • ‘At KMB, mobiles unclaimed after three months are offered back to the person who turned them in and if they don't want the phones, the mobiles are donated to charity, a spokeswoman said.’
      • ‘To this end an amnesty period of three to six months should be declared to allow those in possession of illegal unlicensed guns to turn them in to the authorities.’
      • ‘The study also points out that many students suffer by turning in their forms late.’
      • ‘I should be turning in the manuscript next fall for a spring 2006 release.’
      • ‘The blank obverse side of the maps bear a list of the Obligaciones del Comprador-the duties of the purchaser-including, at the first signs of outbreak of civil disturbance, turning the map in to national authorities.’
      • ‘I had a strange thought at that moment that was entirely out of context: I wondered about mine and Calista's recycling project and how she would manage to turn it in if I did not return.’
      • ‘At the end of each day, completed evaluations were turned in to the facility coordinator, who was responsible for delivering completed evaluations to the materials management department at the end of the trial.’
      • ‘I had just told him that I was turning in and mentioned to him what I had found.’
      hand in, hand over, give in, submit, tender, proffer, offer
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      1. 1.1Produce or achieve a particular score or a performance of a specified quality.
        ‘he has turned in some useful performances for the under-21 and England B sides’
        • ‘Great performances were turned in by many members of the team.’
        • ‘Two of the most captivating performances are turned in by the young men.’
        • ‘In the first rotation, strong performances were turned in by three athletes.’
        • ‘Phenomenal performances are turned in from all of the aforementioned artists.’
        • ‘Strong performances were turned in by Danys Baez of the Indians and Bret Prinz of the Diamondbacks.’
        • ‘Other memorable performances were turned in by Tipperary's Declan Browne.’
        • ‘The only other record was turned in by Cal, in the meet's final event, the 400 free relay.’
        • ‘Just such performances were turned in last Saturday by Lions Kurt McGinnis.’
        • ‘In the boys division outstanding performances were turned in by Ian Alcee and newcomer Jervon Antoine.’
        • ‘Some really good bowling scores were turned in on this bowling day.’
        achieve, attain, reach, make
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  • turn into

    • Become (a particular kind of thing or person); be transformed into.

      ‘the slight drizzle turned into a downpour’
      ‘that dream turned into a nightmare’
      ‘in the next instant he turned into a tiny mouse’
      • ‘The building which housed Britain's first ten-pin bowling alley was set to be turned into a family home.’
      • ‘Taormina, once a lonely place, full of beauty, had turned into a friendly place, full of beauty.’
      • ‘Persons with an alcoholic relative are more at risk of turning into addicts.’
      • ‘Problems are glossed over, or turned into jokes.’
      • ‘The same situation in Angola, the two Congos, also in Cameroon, cinemas are turning into casinos.’
      • ‘The pack journalism of Super Bowl week always has the potential to turn into a giant game of telephone.’
      • ‘In some respects, the trend toward greater tolerance has turned into a floodtide.’
      • ‘The city is closed down so their little jaunt to New York has turned into a nightmare.’
      • ‘Then she stares at the stranger, her puzzled expression swiftly turning into shock.’
      • ‘In Vietnamese hands, the clear-eyed skepticism turned into willing credulousness.’
  • turn someone/thing into

    • Cause to become (a particular kind of thing or person); transform into.

      ‘the town was turned into a thriving seaside destination’
      ‘every single good children 's book has been turned into a feature-length cartoon’
      • ‘The very mention of India turns half your friends into travel Moonies.’
      • ‘The wine of conservatism continues to slowly turn into the vinegar of tribal ideology.’
      • ‘Working throughout the year can turn revision into an absolute breeze.’
      • ‘The decision infuriated residents, who saw their once well-kept verges rapidly turn into wilderness.’
      • ‘In each case, we've restructured the game, turned it into a new game.’
      • ‘For what we are going to do now is consider how to turn a theme into a plot.’
      • ‘Next, using ArcView desktop software, the operators turned the incremental data into 2 D maps for each table.’
      • ‘RE Anthony Hargrove needs plenty of playing time to help turn his potential into production.’
      • ‘More experienced or properly trained journalists could have turned the situation into an educational opportunity for their audience.’
      • ‘Well, eventually techniques will be discovered to turn adult cells into pluripotent cells.’
  • turn off

    • Leave one road in order to join another.

      ‘they turned off the main road’
      ‘we turned off to the right’
      • ‘At the point we had to turn off the main road north.’
      • ‘He said he watched as the boy racer turned off down another road then suddenly he saw Miss Concannon.’
      • ‘I'm heading into Weybridge and just turning off the river road to swing round in front of The Minnow.’
      • ‘The cowboy stabs sideways with his finger, indicating he's turning off just up the road.’
      • ‘I got back in the car, turned around and went back to the road I'd just turned off.’
      • ‘I turned off the main road, and took the short cut through the woods.’
      • ‘He was turning off of the road that leads to our house and a drunk driver collided into the side of his car.’
      • ‘He was later told to turn off the main road and ended up on a dirt track.’
      • ‘When Simon turned off Bradford Road into a housing estate, PC Jones lost sight of him.’
      • ‘Josh turns off onto a quiet road, pulling over on the shoulder.’
      leave, branch off
      take a side road, take another road
      make a left, make a right, take a left, take a right
      hang a left, hang a right
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  • turn someone off

    • Cause someone to feel bored, disgusted, or sexually repelled.

      ‘the idea just turns me off’
      • ‘The terminology for this turns me off.’
      • ‘Like many other people, I was turned off.’
      • ‘If you are turned off by exercise or are adamant that there is no time in your schedule to seek professional help or join a class, there are adjustments you can make to improve your back.’
      • ‘The reality turns you off.’
      • ‘She was turned off by the overtly sexual messages of most of the men who wrote to her.’
      • ‘I don't know what it is particularly that turns me off so much.’
      • ‘If that kind of music turns you off then this is not likely for you.’
      • ‘If the idea of wearing big shapes turns you off, indulge in big accessories instead.’
      • ‘Some of you will be turned off by this whole discussion.’
      • ‘I was thinking the other day about what turns me off.’
      put off, leave someone cold, repel, disgust, revolt, nauseate, sicken, offend
      disenchant, alienate
      gross out
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  • turn something off

    • 1Stop the operation or flow of something by means of a tap, switch, or button.

      ‘remember to turn off the gas’
      • ‘The radio alarm clock goes off at five sharp, and of course I can't find the button to turn it off.’
      • ‘He found the remote with one hand and pressed a button, turning it off.’
      • ‘She hit the send button, then turned her computer off and went for a walk.’
      • ‘Hastily, he hit a button to turn the pager off.’
      • ‘She jabbed at the button to turn the alarm off, and it stopped its absurd shrieking.’
      • ‘You'd need to press the ‘start’ button to turn the engine off.’
      • ‘The second button turns it off.’
      • ‘I just stopped long enough to turn the gas off at the mains and then got out.’
      • ‘Its neatest feature is a little button that turns the wireless card off and on, so that it doesn't suck power when you're not using it.’
      • ‘He pressed the stop button and turned the music off, apologizing.’
      turn off, shut off, flick off, stop working, cut, power down, stop, halt, deactivate
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      1. 1.1Adjust a tap or switch in order to stop the operation or flow of something.
        • ‘I looked at the switch and saw that it was turned off.’
        • ‘Princess Gwen growled in her throat, and turned the switch off.’
        • ‘Visualize a stop sign - imagine closing a spigot - or imagine turning a light switch off.’
        • ‘The purple haze shut off at once, as if a light switch had been turned off.’
        • ‘How long can you stand to hold your child while he turns the light switch off and on?’
        • ‘You turn the switch off chemically and it stops the production.’
        • ‘Sure enough, someone - probably me - had turned the wireless switch off and I failed to notice it.’
        • ‘Timers, professors at the university have found, waste money since they condition students to never turn a light switch off.’
        • ‘But as soon as Chelsea threw open the great double doors of the stadium, it was like turning the volume switch off completely.’
        • ‘He turned the switch off not even waiting for an answer.’
        switch off, turn out, put off, shut off, power down, flick off, extinguish, deactivate, trip
        unplug, disconnect
        kill, cut
        switch off, turn off, put off, shut off, flick off
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  • turn on

    • 1Suddenly attack physically or verbally.

      ‘he turned on her with cold savagery’
      • ‘Suddenly he turns on the photographer, obviously annoyed that he hasn't been taking more pictures.’
      • ‘Suddenly Lily turns on her.’
      • ‘She physically turns on Helena.’
      • ‘She tried to tear her away from the troopers, but they turned on her and beat her so badly most of her teeth were broken.’
      • ‘Should he lose, it will be like a pack of wolves that suddenly turns on itself.’
      • ‘To her it looked as if the dragon had suddenly turned on Arvan without reason.’
      • ‘He said he feared for his life after the three men suddenly turned on him and started punching him.’
      • ‘You have been parking there for two years you say and suddenly they have turned on you.’
      • ‘When his master suddenly turns on him, Little John barely makes it out with his life.’
      • ‘Richardson then turned on a man who had witnessed the attack from his property nearby on April 4.’
      attack, set on, fall on, launch an attack on, let fly at, lash out at, hit out at
      weigh into, round on, lose one's temper with
      lay into, tear into, lace into, sail into, pitch into, let someone have it, get stuck into, wade into, bite someone's head off, jump down someone's throat
      have a go at
      light into
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    • 2Have as the main topic or point of interest.

      ‘for most businessmen, the central questions will turn on taxation’
      • ‘The question turns on that vexed subject, the moral status of the human embryo.’
      • ‘The battle between them is one of childish machismo and turns on the question of one of them being a rat.’
      • ‘The case turns on a short statutory question, all other aspects of the claims having been agreed.’
      • ‘We only decide important questions of law and your case turned on questions of fact.’
      • ‘The outcome of today's application really turns on two questions.’
      • ‘In such a world there is no space for a communication without a topic that turns on money.’
      • ‘The case turns on a question of principle.’
      • ‘That the question turns on the meaning of a passage from Scripture is not insignificant.’
      • ‘I think the case turns on a pure question of fact to be determined by common-sense principles.’
      • ‘The rest of the play turns on whether they will decide to live together, in Yorkshire or London.’
      depend on, rest on, hang on, hinge on, be contingent on, be decided by
      concern, revolve round, relate to
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  • turn someone on

    • Excite or stimulate the interest of someone, especially sexually.

      ‘if that's what turns you on that's fine by me’
      • ‘This turns Alison on sexually.’
      • ‘What really turns you on or off in a prospective sexual partner?’
      • ‘She wants everyone to know that Pete turns her on.’
      • ‘You feel ashamed of what turns you on, or how you like to be touched.’
      • ‘That turns me on immensely.’
      • ‘Let me add what really turns me on about Vancouver.’
      • ‘It turns me on that a man can have the talent and power to make me laugh, loosen up and feel at ease.’
      • ‘I know she's sexual, I know I turn her on, I know she fantasises about me, and I know when I haven't seen her in a few weeks she gets very horny.’
      • ‘I love football, it excites me, it turns me on.’
      • ‘While it doesn't turn me on sexually, it does totally fascinate me.’
      arouse, sexually arouse, excite, stimulate, make someone feel sexually excited, make someone feel sexy, titillate
      please, attract
      give someone a thrill, get someone going, float someone's boat, do it for someone, light someone's fire, tickle someone's fancy
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  • turn something on

    • 1Start the flow or operation of something by means of a tap, switch, or button.

      ‘she turned on the TV’
      • ‘Pushing the button to turn the radio on, I wondered what was in the CD player.’
      • ‘I'm going to hit the power button to turn the television on.’
      • ‘He turned it on, inserted the paper and pressed the start button.’
      • ‘It takes me forever to find the button to turn the television on.’
      • ‘The top button turns the power on and selects menu choices.’
      • ‘Cameras start recording without operators turning them on.’
      • ‘You just press a button four times to turn it on and off.’
      • ‘The right button turns the sight on, while the left controls reticle intensity.’
      • ‘Marie looks over at me then pushes the power button to turn the radio on.’
      • ‘If I turn it on now we will only trip the breakers and shut everything down.’
      switch on, put on, power up, flick on
      plug in
      start up, boot up, activate, cause to operate
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      1. 1.1Adjust a tap or switch in order to start the operation or flow of something.
        ‘I turned the switch on’
        • ‘This white wire will be made hot when the switch is turned on and will take the electrical power to the controlled outlet.’
        • ‘Vincent found the main power switch and turned it on.’
        • ‘It is a part of me and I cannot turn a switch on and off.’
        • ‘He said it's almost as if a light switch has been turned on.’
        • ‘I put the carrier bag down and reached to turn the light switch on.’
        • ‘Adele turned the faucet on and adjusted the water to a non-scalding temperature.’
        • ‘It's entertaining, but it also flip-flops your brain and turns some switches on and off.’
        • ‘Rick felt along the back wall, and found the switch, turning it on.’
        • ‘Even when I turn the switch on, the shade is so heavy and the bulb so dim that the lamp only makes shadows of everything.’
        • ‘Alice's hand finds the light switch and she turns it on.’
        switch on, put on, power up, flick on
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  • turn someone on to

    • Cause someone to become interested or involved in (something, especially drugs)

      ‘he turned her on to heroin’
      • ‘I'm interested in making a difference in their life and turning them on to something.’
      • ‘The doctor should really be the one turning you on to this stuff.’
      • ‘He has turned me on to so many new interests, as well.’
      • ‘Recent trips to Europe have turned them on to how avant-garde what they're doing is.’
      • ‘It still seems rather obscure that you were turned on to this particular video.’
      • ‘She turned me on to so many things.’
      • ‘If he turns you on to something that genuinely interests you, great.’
      • ‘This past summer in LA, he turned me on to what became my favorite places.’
      • ‘Weatherall has turned Holmes on to much more modern electronica.’
      • ‘A small town girl meets up with a leather jacket clad stranger who turns her on to the magic of rock n ‘roll.’
  • turn out

    • 1Prove to be the case.

      ‘the job turned out to be beyond his rather limited abilities’
      • ‘Much that was Greek, especially much that was Platonic, was imported into Christianity in its first centuries; but even more impressive is what was turned out.’
      • ‘The new year is hardly turning out to be happy.’
      • ‘There is, as it turns out, absolutely nothing to prove that the burglars were ever in the house.’
      • ‘it turns out the pub is closed at the weekend.’
      • ‘Holding down two jobs and doing a part time course hasn't turned out to be very good planning on my part.’
      • ‘This turns out to be a hard job, as the island seems to be inhabited only by shepherds and smugglers.’
      • ‘This turns out to be one of those jobs that you don't think better of until it's way too late.’
      • ‘As it turns out, she is looking for a new job.’
      • ‘That may turn out not prove to be quite so beneficial as it first appears.’
      • ‘It turns out there is a job available.’
      transpire, prove to be the case, emerge, come to light, become known, become apparent, be revealed, be disclosed
      happen, occur, come about
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    • 2Go somewhere in order to attend a meeting, vote, play in a game, etc.

      ‘over 75 per cent of the electorate turned out to vote’
      • ‘In this sense, turning out to vote is always partly a question of attachment to a general sense of civic duty.’
      • ‘They aren't the only old stars turning out for the meeting.’
      • ‘The entire population of Radcliffe appeared to turn out for the town's annual carnival.’
      • ‘He suggested that they should be paid for turning out to vote.’
      • ‘Cotswold people are urged to support their cottage hospitals by turning out to a public meeting next week.’
      • ‘The supporters have been turning out in force.’
      • ‘They may even encourage more than half of the electorate to turn out and vote four years from now.’
      • ‘Since 1988, Canadians have been turning out to vote in steadily decreasing numbers.’
      • ‘It is hoped that people will support this very worthy cause by turning out to watch what will be a unique game of football.’
      • ‘Squires is a popular meeting point for bikers with thousands turning out on weekends during the busy summer riding season.’
      come, go, be present, attend, put in an appearance, appear, turn up, arrive
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  • turn someone out

    • 1Eject or expel someone from a place.

      ‘his landlord could turn him out at any time’
      • ‘He wouldn't be surprised if his uncle turned him out tomorrow.’
      • ‘The voters would turn him out of office the minute the war was over.’
      • ‘You would regret turning me out’
      • ‘I will turn you out of my house and send you back to your father.’
      • ‘This time I've got a clear preference that the incumbent be turned out, and a clear threshold difference with the Libertarian.’
      • ‘In their arrogance they assumed that no landlord would ever try to turn them out.’
      • ‘One could imagine him twirling his moustache and turning his confrères out of the house into the snow for non-payment of rent, but this did not seem quite appropriate for a corporate lawyer who is aiming to steal the hero's company.’
      • ‘He's dangerous and immoral and deserves to be turned out at the next election.’
      • ‘He takes everything and turns me out on the streets.’
      • ‘Her brother turns her out of the house.’
      throw out, put out, eject, evict
      expel, oust, drive out, force out, drum out
      deport, banish
      kick out, chuck out, send packing, boot out, defenestrate, show someone the door, give someone their marching orders, throw someone out on their ear
      turf out
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    • 2Military
      Call a guard from the guardroom.

      • ‘All of the Royal Guard was turned out for the Jovian envoys and he was in charge of it all.’
      • ‘The local magistrate read the riot act and 2nd Battalion the Royal Warwickshire Regiment was turned out to clear the area.’
    • 3Be dressed in the manner specified.

      ‘she was smartly turned out and as well groomed as always’
      • ‘Ballinkillen's under-10 team were turned out in style at the county blitz finals against Carlow town recently in their brand new jerseys that were sponsored by a local Borris business.’
  • turn something out

    • 1Extinguish a light.

      ‘he turned out the light and groped his way through the doorway to the bed’
      • ‘The staff locked all the doors turned the lights out and went home at around 4pm last Friday.’
      • ‘They drove off down the High Street and I gave chase but lost them when they turned their lights out.’
      • ‘When the lights were turned out and the respective bedroom doors shut, I could be alone.’
      • ‘Before turning the lights out, he would get every one quiet.’
      • ‘My senior year, they were telling me I had to turn my lights out?’
      • ‘It was here that we decided to turn our lights out to discover exactly what total blackness ‘looks’ like.’
      • ‘She starts calling out to people to turn their lights out.’
      • ‘At eleven, Marie and Estelle turned our lights out.’
      • ‘Sixty years ago the lights were turned out in this top secret bunker.’
      • ‘It was the first time ever in the history they turned the lights out on the Strip for a minute-and-a - half.’
      switch off, turn out, put off, shut off, power down, flick off, extinguish, deactivate, trip
      unplug, disconnect
      kill, cut
      switch off, turn off, put off, shut off, flick off
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    • 2Produce something.

      ‘the plant takes 53 hours to turn out each car’
      • ‘They have to churn, and I'm confident that when they turn that sausage out, it will be the right kind of sausage for America.’
      • ‘As a workman he was most painstaking, and always insisted on the work from his department being turned out in the best possible manner.’
      • ‘The first big-screens with a quality picture were turned out by Mitsubishi in the late 1970s and peddled by retailers like Southern California's Paul Goldenberg, the self-proclaimed ‘King of Big Screen.’’
      • ‘A rifle was turned out in 22 hours and 36.5 minutes.’
      • ‘It is the protagonists of craft who need to protect hereditary skills and ensure the same quality of work that was turned out three centuries ago.’
      • ‘Most factory shotguns are turned out with stocks in the 14-to 14 1/4 inch range - adequate but often a compromise.’
      • ‘In all, 21,000 were turned out at a General Motors plant in Michigan, at a price of $10,000 each, where because of the war the majority of the workforce was women.’
      produce, make, manufacture, fabricate, assemble, put together, process, bring out, put out, churn out
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    • 3Empty something, especially one's pockets.

      ‘Oliver turned out his pockets and spread out his loot on the ground’
      • ‘His pockets had been turned out.’
      • ‘He pulled his jacket open and turned his pockets out.’
      • ‘‘Would you turn your pockets out, sir? ‘said one of the detectives.’
      • ‘His pockets had been turned out and money and a gold bracelet given to him for 25 years' service at work were missing.’
      clear out, clean out
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      1. 3.1British Clean out a drawer, room, etc. by taking out and reorganizing its contents.
        • ‘He'll be turning rooms out, one at a time.’
    • 4Tip prepared food from a mould or other container.

      • ‘When risen, turn the dough out onto a floured surface, divide into two and knead each piece lightly.’
      • ‘I made mine in a silicon mold, and stupidly invited friends for dessert before realizing that it would take several hours for it to firm up enough to be turned out of the mold and sliced.’
      • ‘About 10 minutes before serving, turn the mixture out onto a plate, remove the cling-film and cut the ice-cream into wedges.’
      • ‘She used clear ‘Blomange’ to fill two fish moulds, turned them out and gilded them with gold leaf.’
      • ‘If it is not cooked enough, it will collapse when you turn it out; if it is overcooked, it won't wobble and will be too grainy.’
      • ‘Run cold water over the spinach to cool it quickly, then turn it out onto a chopping board and use a sharp knife to make a couple of cuts across it.’
      • ‘Remove the loaves from the oven, turn them out onto a rack, and let cool (at least a little bit) before eating.’
      • ‘The pudding is turned out on a plate, the sauce pours down over the sides and a treat is ready to be experienced.’
      • ‘When the loaves are done, cool for 10 minutes on baking racks, then turn them out of their pans and set back on the racks.’
  • turn over

    • (of an engine) start or continue to run properly.

      ‘the engine turned over when we tried it with the starter handle’
      • ‘Once the engine turns over, it's off to the races.’
      • ‘The engine ground a couple of times, then turned over with a growl I hadn't heard for a long time.’
      • ‘With a spin of the crank handle the engine turns over easily and off she rattles on her iron tyres.’
      • ‘It shakes and rattles as the engine turns over.’
      • ‘The engines may kick back if the ignition is turned on before the engines start turning over.’
      • ‘As soon as he heard the Jeep engine turn over, he bent over the sink and spat the medicine out.’
      • ‘The engine whined but didn't turn over, and she felt blood trickle from her lip as she bit back a screaming tantrum.’
  • turn someone over to

    • Deliver someone to the care or custody of (an authority)

      ‘they turned him over to the police’
      • ‘Does the defense minister really have the authority to turn him over to Interpol anyway?’
      • ‘I wish they would turn her over to someone who cares for snapped minds, and not expect me, who has no training, to mind her.’
      • ‘They should just turn him over to me, and I'll take care of the details.’
      • ‘She's such an adept survivalist that you start wondering why her parents would turn her over to the care of so callow a clod as Charlie, who runs out of ideas shortly after tearing his downed plane apart in a futile rage.’
      • ‘I shall not turn you over to any authority.’
      • ‘He turned Jeremy over to the local authorities.’
      • ‘Well, after the ambulance came and everything was taken care of, I was turned over to the court system.’
      • ‘They turned him over to police, where he's now in custody.’
      • ‘If we were turned over to the public, I think they'd string us up.’
      • ‘We need someone we can trust, who wants to find Kate as much we do, but won't turn us over to the authorities.’
  • turn something over

    • 1Cause an engine to run.

      ‘remember to turn the engine over occasionally in the cold weather’
      • ‘By the time I'm turning the engine over, it'll be too late for Dad to stop me.’
      • ‘He tried to turn the engine over again and to his relief it burst into life.’
      • ‘Turn the engine over in five-second bursts three or four times to allow the oil to circulate.’
      • ‘We have turned the engine over with the help of a battery.’
      • ‘He turned the engine over and as they pulled away from the curb, he glanced at her before he concentrated on the road.’
      • ‘You have to turn the engine over.’
      • ‘It's the musical equivalent of a car that won't start, no matter how many times you pump the gas pedal or turn the engine over and hear that brief, sputtering roar.’
      • ‘Inside, pausing to wipe and polish my spectacles before I turned the engine over and drove home, I listened to the faint sounds of water running off the car and dripping down to the pavement.’
      • ‘I turned the engine over.’
      • ‘‘The main task is to raise the engine temperature before we turn it over,’ explains Paul.’
    • 2Transfer control or management of something to someone else.

      ‘a plan to turn the pub over to a new manager’
      • ‘The organization promised to provide three years of support, then turn the center over for local management.’
      • ‘I don't see the merit of turning any control over to him in the near future.’
      • ‘You need to extricate yourself from management and turn it over to people who are good at it.’
      • ‘The county can't do the job itself, and plans to turn the hospital over to a private management team.’
      • ‘They have decided to dodge responsibility for the company by turning its management over to states and private entities.’
      • ‘He turned it over to the Yukon Arts Council, which formed a committee to develop a program for the house.’
      • ‘The taxpayer funded the building of the Auckland Central Remand Prison, and the previous National Government turned the state-of-the-art facility over to the private sector to manage.’
      • ‘They chose a ranch and decided to turn it over to a property management company to rent out for them.’
      • ‘I had thought that it was simply saying that such documents shouldn't be turned over, since turning them over would deter some future government employees from giving the most candid possible advice.’
      • ‘Last night we had 39 assists and very few turnovers and tonight we turned the ball over a bunch without being pressed, and didn't shoot well from the free throw line and still won by 29.’
      transfer, hand over, pass on, give, consign, assign, commit
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    • 3Change the function or use of something.

      ‘the works was turned over to the production of aircraft parts’
      • ‘The defunct land would be turned over to housing.’
      • ‘It seems every largish building without any modern purpose has been turned over to exhibition space.’
      • ‘They were being cleared from their homes so that the land could be turned over to sheep, a process the estate owners characterised as ‘improvement’.’
      • ‘A strip of countryside either side of a country road has been turned over to housing.’
      • ‘He sees a day when the countryside has been turned over to vast farming factories.’
      • ‘The base was turned over to be a civilian operation.’
      • ‘Part of the current site will be turned over to all-weather sports pitches.’
      • ‘The three cardboard boxes exploded components all over the kitchen work surfaces and into the dining room, where the table was turned over to an assembly bench.’
    • 4Rob a place.

      ‘what about that girl's bedroom that got turned over?’
      burgle, steal from, hold up, break into
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    • 5(of a business) have a turnover of a specified amount.

      ‘last year the company turned over £12 million’
      • ‘Today, Freshgrowers turns over about £10m and accounts for about ten per cent of the UK's carrot production.’
      • ‘AWG Developments, which turns over in excess of £150m per year, employs around 200 people, mainly in Scotland.’
      • ‘Further education is now big business, and the College turns over 34m a year.’
      • ‘This already turns over £45m and employs 80 people.’
      • ‘James is the executive chairman of a diverse media and gaming empire which turns over almost $3 billion a year.’
      • ‘Australia's textile, clothing and footwear industry turns over $9 billion a year.’
      • ‘Do we want to pay up to 300,000 for a shop that only turns over 20,000 a week?’
      • ‘He said Concorde, founded 25 years ago which turns over around £3.5 million a year, was enjoying great success in the spooling market.’
      • ‘Now the bazaars are packed, traffic jams are common, mobile phones are everywhere and the money market turns over $10 million each week.’
      • ‘Not bad for a profitable 20-person business that turns over £2.2 million.’
  • turn something round (or around)

    • 1Prepare a ship or aircraft for its return journey.

      ‘cleanliness also shortens the time it takes to turn a ship round’
      • ‘Instead of 140 men taking two days to unload and load 16 years ago, a ship nowadays can be turned around in less than a day by fewer than 50 people.’
      • ‘Fewer inspections did not necessarily mean a ship could be turned around at a US port faster than before.’
    • 2Reverse the previously poor performance of an organization and make it successful.

      ‘the combination of skills and commitment in a workforce can turn a company round’
      • ‘The 18-year-old, from Westlea, who has turned her life around with the organisation's help, says she is proof that the project works.’
      • ‘Certainly, it's not everybody who can turn her life around successfully, but Wang possesses a flair for succeeding in whatever she does.’
      • ‘Jim stepped back into the organization as president and turned it around.’
      • ‘We have turned it around, performance-wise, but it is just about getting some points on the board.’
      • ‘His appointment is likely based on his previous performance, where he turned the company around in a period of less than 24 months.’
      • ‘This new appointment is expected to help the firm turn its poor performance around.’
      • ‘The performance reflects the progress in turning the company around.’
      • ‘This is a company which has turned its performance round.’
      • ‘Li said the company is now concentrating on consolidating firms the group has already acquired and turning them around, as many have not been performing well.’
      • ‘Whether fine-tuning a business, or turning it around completely, this book provides the answers for successfully meeting your goals.’
  • turn up

    • 1Be found, especially by chance, after being lost.

      ‘all the missing documents had turned up’
      • ‘This piece of local history has never been available on video / DVD but occasionally turns up on TV.’
      • ‘And so how does it respond when a shell of sarin actually turns up?’
      • ‘As soon as it appeared on some bonus CD, it started turning up in ‘file sharing’ sites.’
      • ‘One stray shell turns up, a year after destruction of the regime. Where did it come from?’
      • ‘Just occasionally something from the past turns up unexpectedly.’
      • ‘For sheer amusement, I plug names into Google and then see what turns up.’
      • ‘And Plato does not appear to be a nickname; it turns up frequently in the period.’
      • ‘A large number of dodgy documents have turned up over the last month.’
      • ‘Maybe something turns up in tests, or they don't want to go through with it, or they get a new job while the investigations are being carried out.’
      be found, be discovered, be located, come to light
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    • 2Put in an appearance; arrive.

      ‘half the guests failed to turn up’
      • ‘You know how it is, wait for ages for something to arrive and several turn up at once.’
      • ‘There would also be no pretence from him if a guest either failed to turn up or behaved inappropriately.’
      • ‘She failed to turn up and the judge issued the present warrant.’
      • ‘The best present was son Markus turning up from London for the event as a surprise guest.’
      • ‘That's as bad as turning up at someone's birthday party without a present.’
      • ‘Four taxi cabs turned up and another four would have arrived if Mr Banks had not phoned the cab company.’
      • ‘It took a while for the food to arrive but we had turned up early and didn't mind sitting in the sunshine.’
      • ‘She even stunned guests at the Scottish Film Awards in Glasgow by turning up on his arm as his guest.’
      • ‘It's a clever comedic drama involving a birthday party, a video camera and an expected guest who never turns up.’
      • ‘He is a ubiquitous presence, turning up when you least expect it.’
      come, go, be present, attend, put in an appearance, appear, turn up, arrive
      arrive, put in an appearance, make an appearance, appear, be present, present oneself, turn out
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  • turn something up

    • 1Increase the volume or strength of sound, heat, etc. by turning a knob or switch on a device.

      ‘she turned the sound up’
      • ‘One of the best things about helping out at a theatre is getting to turn the sound up to eleven.’
      • ‘While I could turn the volume up to 100% and still tolerate the sound, it was not something that I did often.’
      • ‘Reaching the water spigot, he unscrews the sprinkler head then turns the water pressure up full blast.’
      • ‘They'd turned the sound system up, to compensate for the decorating noise I imagine.’
      • ‘‘One problem most variable handgun scopes have is as you turn the magnification up, your eye relief shortens,’ Lalik said.’
      • ‘Every now and then he turns the amp up all the way and tries to imitate moves by his favorite artists.’
      • ‘Stokes turns the lights up, and looks Daphne over.’
      • ‘Nick motions for Anna to back away and he turns the television up.’
      • ‘I reached over quickly and turned on my stereo, turning the volume knob up, trying to cover up the sound of the clock.’
      • ‘At the sight of a familiar photograph of the Interdimensional Gateway in Moscow, he hurriedly turned the sound up.’
      increase, raise, amplify, make louder, intensify
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    • 2Reveal or discover something.

      ‘New Yorkers confidently expect the inquiry to turn up nothing’
      discover, uncover, unearth, bring to light, find, hit on, dig up, ferret out, root out, expose
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    • 3Shorten a garment by raising the hem.

      • ‘Turn it up and stitch it.’
      • ‘Sew all vertical seams, then turn the lining up into the skirt and catch it in the waistband.’
      • ‘On a sectioned shade, clip the corners at the shade lower edge so they form a miter when the hem is turned up.’
      take up, raise
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Old English tyrnan, turnian (verb), from Latin tornare, from tornus lathe, from Greek tornos lathe, circular movement; probably reinforced in Middle English by Old French turner. The noun ( Middle English) is partly from Anglo-Norman French tourn, partly from the verb.