Definition of turning point in English:

turning point


  • A time at which a decisive change in a situation occurs, especially one with beneficial results.

    ‘this could be the turning point in Nigel's career’
    • ‘The turning points have been the result not of an accumulation of gradual changes in education or ‘enlightened’ official policy.’
    • ‘There is a bit of a fight in us and maybe that Doncaster result will be a bit of a turning point.’
    • ‘His goal, 15 minutes into the second half, was the final turning point in the game.’
    • ‘She claims that her career contains no major breakthroughs or turning points, but when she sang Amelia in Verdi's Simon Boccanegra, people began to take notice.’
    • ‘Historians are forever on the lookout for turning points and watersheds.’
    • ‘Script editors obsess over a screenplay hitting its points, that is, reaching the so-called turning points described by the scriptwriting courses.’
    • ‘I had the turning points, the debates and decisions.’
    • ‘Scholars cite a number of turning points leading to today's irritable process.’
    • ‘Hardly any attention is given to the decisive turning points at which history might have taken a different path.’
    • ‘All of the decisive turning points of German history were characterised by violent and usually bloody conflicts between the classes.’
    • ‘The turning point of the half and perhaps the game, occurred on the eleventh minute.’
    • ‘Faced with decisive turning points, where clarity is vital, this could be a crippling weakness.’
    • ‘That they persevered in the face of freezing cold, starvation and deprivation to win the struggle is one of the salient epic turning points of history.’
    • ‘I barely knew what moral compromises were, at that age-or rather, I didn't know how cunningly they lie in wait for us around each of life's turning points.’
    • ‘The performance will be interspersed with film clipping that showcase stories related to the important turning points of Pandit Jasraj.’
    • ‘Crises and turning points punctuate the life story of any person.’
    • ‘The decision is a definitive turning point and has been recognised as such in Japan.’
    • ‘There were lots of turning points when I could have gone the other way as a young blonde with long hair.’
    • ‘Last Tuesday night could yet be seen as a turning point, but in which direction it is for Ferguson to say.’
    • ‘February holds interesting turning points for all signs.’
    watershed, critical moment, decisive moment, crossroads, crisis, climacteric, moment of truth
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