Definition of turn the tide in US English:

turn the tide


  • 1Reverse the trend of events.

    ‘the air power that helped to turn the tide of battle’
    • ‘The opportunity to turn the tide of obesity and chronic disease begins by recognizing that we have created a perfect storm of obesity-causing factors.’
    • ‘As millions of toxic jellyfish lay siege to the beaches of the Mediterranean, coastal communities are battling to turn the tide.’
    • ‘It's a victory in the global war on terror, and it is an opportunity for Iraq's new government to turn the tide of this struggle.’
    • ‘So the question must continue to be: what can turn the tide?’
  • 2

    see tide
    • ‘They were widely credited with turning the tide of that war.’
    • ‘We will join with you in turning the tide against AIDS in Africa.’
    • ‘The manager looked capable of turning the tide as he pulled all the strings.’
    • ‘They are slowly, modestly, turning the tide.’
    • ‘I am writing to you to ask for your help in turning the tide.’
    • ‘A battle was waged which turned the tide of the Second World War.’
    • ‘The National Commissioner said the police were turning the tide against crime and that this trend would continue.’
    • ‘Villagers have succeeded in turning the tide of village shop closures by opening a community shop and post office.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Howard's commitment to the community may be what turns the tide.’