Definition of turn something out in English:

turn something out

phrasal verb

  • 1Extinguish a light.

    ‘he turned out the light and groped his way through the doorway to the bed’
    • ‘It was here that we decided to turn our lights out to discover exactly what total blackness ‘looks’ like.’
    • ‘My senior year, they were telling me I had to turn my lights out?’
    • ‘Before turning the lights out, he would get every one quiet.’
    • ‘When the lights were turned out and the respective bedroom doors shut, I could be alone.’
    • ‘It was the first time ever in the history they turned the lights out on the Strip for a minute-and-a - half.’
    • ‘She starts calling out to people to turn their lights out.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Sixty years ago the lights were turned out in this top secret bunker.’
    • ‘At eleven, Marie and Estelle turned our lights out.’
    switch off, turn out, put off, shut off, power down, flick off, extinguish, deactivate, trip
    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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A rifle was turned out in 22 hours and 36.5 minutes.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Most factory shotguns are turned out with stocks in the 14-to 14 1/4 inch range - adequate but often a compromise.’
    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 and money and a gold bracelet given to him for 25 years' service at work were missing.’
    • ‘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.’
    clear out, clean out, empty, empty 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The pudding is turned out on a plate, the sauce pours down over the sides and a treat is ready to be experienced.’
    • ‘Remove the loaves from the oven, turn them out onto a rack, and let cool (at least a little bit) before eating.’
    • ‘She used clear ‘Blomange’ to fill two fish moulds, turned them out and gilded them with gold leaf.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘About 10 minutes before serving, turn the mixture out onto a plate, remove the cling-film and cut the ice-cream into wedges.’