One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Deliver someone to the care or custody of (another person or body, especially one in authority)‘they turned him over to the police’
- ‘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 turned him over to police, where he's now in custody.’
- ‘They should just turn him over to me, and I'll take care of the details.’
- ‘Does the defense minister really have the authority to turn him over to Interpol anyway?’
- ‘I shall not turn you over to any authority.’
- ‘He turned Jeremy over to the local authorities.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘We need someone we can trust, who wants to find Kate as much we do, but won't turn us over to the authorities.’
- ‘Well, after the ambulance came and everything was taken care of, I was turned over to the court system.’
- ‘If we were turned over to the public, I think they'd string us up.’
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