One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
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’
- ‘He times it carefully, and quickly turns the tables on the hermit, pressing his attack and his advantage.’
- ‘Very often these games involve him turning the tables on us.’
- ‘I think we're turning the tables on you, Howard.’
- ‘But her kindness turns the tables on her cruel master.’
- ‘In effect, less powerful countries have an increased ability to obstruct the major powers, but they are in no position to turn the tables.’
- ‘She was tired of men taking open advantage of women and decided to turn the tables.’
- ‘So researchers turned the tables on the cancer, taking advantage of a tumor's ability to attract the stem cells.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Instead the operator turns the tables on the subscriber.’
- ‘Having absorbed your comments on the state of journalism, I'm turning the tables.’
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