Meaning of TURN in English

TURN

I. verb

COLLOCATIONS FROM OTHER ENTRIES

a key turns

We heard the key turn in the lock.

a turning point (= the time when an important change starts, especially an improvement )

A turning point in the history of the republic came in 1358.

a wheel turns/goes around

The wheels went slowly around.

as things turned out (= used to say what happened or was discovered in the end )

Obviously, there had to be some mistake. As things turned out, there was.

become/turn into a nightmare

Their honeymoon turned into a nightmare when they were involved in a car accident.

conversation turned to

After a while, the conversation turned to a friend’s coming wedding.

dismiss/throw out/turn down an appeal (= not give permission for a decision to be changed )

The taxpayer's appeal was dismissed and the penalty upheld.

do/turn a somersault

Lana turned a somersault in midair.

do/turn cartwheels

The children were doing cartwheels in the park.

get/turn nasty especially BrE (= suddenly start behaving in a threatening way )

When Harry refused, Don turned nasty and went for him with both fists.

go/turn grey

She was a tall thin woman who had gone grey early.

go/turn red

Every time you mention his name, she goes bright red.

go/turn to sb for advice

People often go to him for advice about their problems.

go/turn/flush/blush crimson

The boy blushed crimson.

go/turn/flush/blush scarlet

Eileen blushed scarlet at the joke.

mark a high/low/turning etc point (= be or happen at a particular time in the development of something )

The day of the accident marked a turning point in Kenny’s life.

put/switch/turn the heating on

Why don't you put the heating on if you're cold?

put/turn the spotlight on sth

A new report has turned the spotlight on the problem of poverty in the inner cities.

refuse/reject/turn down an application (= say no to an application )

Their planning application was rejected because of a lack of parking facilities.

refuse/turn down an invitation ( also decline an invitation formal )

She turned down an invitation to take part in a televised debate.

reject/turn down sb's resignation

Initially, his resignation was rejected.

He offered his resignation but it was turned down by the Prime Minister.

sb’s face goes/turns pale (= becomes pale )

I saw her face go pale when he walked in.

sb’s face goes/turns red (= becomes red )

His face went red with embarrassment.

sb’s thoughts turn to sth (= they start thinking about something )

As summer approaches, people’s thoughts turn to holidays.

star turn

switch off/turn off a machine

Is the tape machine switched off?

switch off/turn off/stop an engine

Maggie pulled over and switched off the engine.

switch on/turn on a machine

Turn the machine on and slowly add the hot liquid.

switch on/turn on/start an engine

I fastened my seat belt and turned on the engine.

switch/turn off a lamp

He switched off the lamp beside the bed.

switch/turn off the alarm

I entered the shop and switched off the alarm.

switch/turn on a lamp

Dorothy switched on the desk lamp.

switch/turn the heating off

We turn the heating off before bed.

take an exit/turn off at an exit

Take the next exit, junction 15.

taken a turn for the better (= started to improve )

The president’s fortunes seem, at last, to have taken a turn for the better .

the leaves turn red/brown etc (= become red, brown etc )

The maple leaves had turned a fiery red.

the pivot on/around which sth turns/revolves

Iago’s lie is the pivot on which the play turns.

the tide turns (= starts coming in or going out )

Soon, the tide would turn and the waves would begin to creep inshore again.

the turn of the century (= the time when one century ends and another begins )

The town was expanding at the turn of the century.

the turn of...millennium

events which took place at the turn of the last millennium

the weather turns (= changes )

The weather had turned mild.

three-point turn

throw away/pass up/turn down a chance (= not accept or use an opportunity )

Imagine throwing up a chance to go to America!

turn a key

He climbed into his car and turned the key.

turn a page

I turned the page in order to find out what happened next.

turn a trick (= to have sex with someone for money )

turn down/refuse/reject/decline an offer (= say no to it )

She declined the offer of a lift.

turn in/deliver a performance (= give a performance )

Both actors turn in great performances.

In the role of Carmen, Ms Leblanc delivered a quite exquisite performance.

turn off a tap

I forgot to turn the tap off.

turn off the motorway (= leave the motorway )

We forgot to turn off the motorway and ended up in London.

turn on a tap

Run some cold water into the bath before turning on the hot tap.

turn on the charm (= use your charm to get something )

If you turn on the charm, I’m sure you’ll get the job.

turn out all right

Don’t worry, it’ll turn out all right .

turn out/empty your pockets (= take everything out of your pockets in order to find something )

His mother made him turn out his pockets.

turn signal

turn the corner (= go around a corner )

I walked on and turned the corner into Church Road.

turn the heating down/up

Can you turn the heating down a bit?

turn the radio down/up (= make it quieter or louder )

Can you turn your radio down a bit?

turn the television up/down (= make it louder or quieter )

Rory had turned the television up so loud that the people next door complained.

turn the volume up/down

Can you turn the volume up?

turn the water off/on (= turn a tap to stop water coming out of pipes or to let it come out )

Turn the water off while you're brushing your teeth.

turn to crime (= start committing crimes )

Youngsters who are bored sometimes turn to crime.

turn to sb for assistance (= ask them to help )

The elderly sometimes have no one to turn to for assistance.

turn to/see page 22/45 etc

Turn to page 8 for more details.

turn your attention to sth/sb

She quickly put away the shopping and then turned her attention to preparing dinner.

turn your head

John turned his head to look at the boy.

turn/earn a profit (= make a profit )

Without the liquor sales, the store could not turn a profit.

turned nasty

The weather turned nasty towards the evening.

turned purple

His face turned purple with rage.

turned sour

As time went by, their marriage turned sour .

turned the knob

He thought the door was locked, but he turned the knob and the door opened.

turned to ashes

All her hopes and dreams had turned to ashes.

turned to mush

The boiled vegetables had turned to mush .

turned traitor (= became a traitor )

a politician who turned traitor to the government

turned up like...bad penny (= suddenly appeared )

Sure enough, Steve turned up like the proverbial bad penny .

turned up on the doorstep

I got a shock when he just turned up on the doorstep .

turn/go pale

He suddenly went pale.

turn/go pro

Most young talented players are determined to turn pro.

turn/go sour (= become sour )

turn/grow cold (= become cold, especially suddenly )

The birds fly south before the weather turns cold.

turning circle

turning point

Meeting her was the turning point in my life.

turn...inside out

I always turn my jeans inside out to wash them.

turn/let/set sth loose (= let something go free )

Don’t let your dog loose on the beach.

turns out to be a pig in a poke

What if the car you buy turns out to be a pig in a poke ?

turn/switch the radio off

You can turn the radio off, darling, we're not listening to it.

turn/switch the radio on

Dad switched on the radio for the eight-thirty news.

turn/switch the television on/off

I switched off the television and went to bed.

COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS

■ NOUN

attention

With a mental sigh that dimmed her meanings, she turned her attention to what she should have been doing all along.

Somewhat relieved, I turned my attention away.

So it will be some time before he can turn his full attention to his hobby-horse Britain's motorway service station crisis.

He was dead, and she drew the sheet over his face before turning her attention to the next.

Once the school began functioning smoothly, Friedman turned his attention to the blacker side of the organization: interception and solution.

She now turns her attention to the women's world outdoor championships, which will held in Ayr in June.

Talisman then turned his attention to Congress.

clock

This great divide can not be bridged by turning the clock back.

Only if somebody can come up with a way to turn back the clock .

No-one can turn back the clock .

The most important thing now is not to turn the clock back.

Tonight, in a special report, we turn back the clock to 1963.

It is time to stop trying to turn back the clock .

What is past is past and you can not turn the clock back.

Can we turn back the clock and revive the system of predetermined roles?

corner

Woolley turned a corner and saw Colonel Hawthorn instructing Corporal Hemsley in the about-turn.

The piglet made short little satisfied grunts and turned ever sharper corners .

Once he had turned the corner , he took the coat off and slipped it over his arm.

And when they turned the next corner they saw that it had indeed been the tax office.

As she turned the corner , her lips curved.

He faced Main Street, where a black hearse turned the corner .

Readers became familiar with their Doppelgangers, as if they had turned a corner and unexpectedly confronted themselves in a mirror.

We had an earlier start than I expected and now we are taking more time to turn the corner .

eye

They no longer supply pretexts for local bullies to oppress, nor reason for western governments to turn a blind eye .

Briefly, a vertical tube turned a blank glass eye on him and Ezra and the glass eye contemplated each other.

The pixies clustered around the walls of the barrow turned their eyes to their Kelda.

He did not turn a blind eye to corruption or greed.

Directors know this is going on and turn a blind eye .

Eventually I turned my eyes away and gave my body to them.

Honouring some one does not mean turning a blind eye to weakness.

Varney turned his eyes on the boy.

face

Mrs Simpson turned her face and looked out of the window.

We turned our faces glum to reaffirm the forced nature of this trip.

She turned and pressed her face against his chest.

I turn my face towards the wall.

What has turned its face that grey colour?

Clarisa turned and slapped her face .

Just turn your face a little to the right.

head

She turned her head , responding to his grin with a smile.

One of the court officers guffawed but turned his head before Kovitsky could spot him.

Open-mouthed, Leith turned her head to stare at him.

When he was at Miami, he turned some heads by proclaiming himself the best receiver in college football.

A noise somewhere near the front of the church made Fenn turn his head .

Ezra turned his head slowly to meet them.

heel

Suddenly, the boar had been faced with a cliff too steep to climb and had turned on its heel .

The throng turned on their heels and stampeded into town.

She turned on her heel and vanished into the murk.

Cooper turned on his heels and walked away.

Then she turned on her heel and we marched back down the hall.

He turned on his heel and went into the dining room.

Then she was turning on her heel and heading for the door, anxious to make a speedy escape.

light

The sky was turning rosy and the lights on the pier were coming on, one by one.

I turn on the other light on my side of the carriage.

It was dark, but he had not turned on the light .

Would you mind turning the light out, Robert?

Mrs Vanya turned on a weak light , and motioned for me to sit.

You'd turn the lights on and all the light would drop backwards out of the room.

After an hour, though still wide awake, I crimped the page and turned off the light .

offer

She'd turned down the offers of promotion because of Emily.

She seemed relieved when he turned down her offer to come live with them.

Not deterred the offer price was raised and raised again, until the family could no longer turn down this fabulous offer.

Was it possible that he had actually wanted her to turn his offer down?

Yet there are times when bureaucracies have turned down offers of money.

The birthday princess was serenaded by Phil the year she turned down the offer of a party from Charles.

After careful consideration, Jay turned down the offer .

page

For full details, turn to centre pages .

She leans over his shoulder to follow the music; her hand brushes his arm when she turns a page .

They turned their pages in perfect harmony and experienced a decent run through of a difficult text rather than an intense spiritual journey.

Ezra turned the page and scanned the chapter titles down.

A tomato juice by my side, I began slowly to turn the pages of the paper.

They turn quickly to the page she wants.

He turned the pages of an old magazine that was filthy with a skin of grease that came off on his fingers.

He turned the pages of the Tribune.

profit

Richard could be turning his nightmares to profits , but his dad thinks they may have thrown away a fortune already.

As a result, they turn a profit quicker, Johannesen said.

But private operators can turn profits only if prices rise radically and rapidly.

And the 1984 Olympics turned a profit of $ 225 million.

A loss had been turned to a profit and teamwork has led to empowered people with a commitment to the business.

Y., said the industry turned a slim profit last year after losses of $ 150 million in 1995.

These have turned in greatly enhanced profits for the year ending December 31.

At a time when many chains are losing money, Lechters is turning a healthy profit .

table

It's time to turn the tables .

Women shrieked and ran at the sight of pistols, and men turned over tables to hide.

Is this what women became if afforded the luxury of turned tables ?

So much for turning the tables .

Isn't it nice to see a couple turning the tables on a double-glazing salesman?

I sat down and he turned on a table lamp.

Especially when such a rider turns the tables .

She reached over and turned on a table lamp.

tap

Tears rolling down her face, she turned on the taps .

Then her hand was in his pants, matter-of-fact, like she was turning on a tap .

I could tell that my questioning was slowly turning off the taps of their charm.

She turned on the tap and watched water swirl into the drain.

We have never had water simply by turning on a tap like most people.

I tried to turn the tap off but it still dripped.

She turned on taps that emitted nothing but a despairing sigh and she laughed.

tide

However, in the battle which followed it was certainly Rodrigo who helped turn the tide of events for Sancho.

If conscience can not turn the tide , perhaps it is the panic of self-interest which will finally do the job.

I can only hope I am proved wrong: things have gone too far to turn back the tide .

Breeding programs for apes are a failure, and even hard-nosed experimenters will be turning the tide .

It took the rise of the socialist movement to turn the tide .

The cumulative effect of all of these efforts would ultimately turn the tide .

They had the desperate courage that flowed from knowing that this might be their last chance to turn the tide .

Newport look for coaches to turn a falling tide .

PHRASES FROM OTHER ENTRIES

come/go/turn full circle

A manufacturer of sun care products has just issued a report showing that the view on tanning has come full circle.

Now his fortunes are poised to turn full circle again.

Now the pattern has turned full circle.

Only a classic endures, and sooner or later the fashion comes full circle.

The neo-colonial wheel has almost come full circle.

The wheel has turned full circle in the past 25 years.

Thus the research has come full circle.

Today, society has evolved and the wheel has come full circle.

come/turn up trumps

And a dream come true ... The advert for grandparents that came up trumps .

Conrad Allen came up trumps again, finishing fourth in the boys 800 metres in a personal best 2 mins. 22.

Ibanez seem to have taken another daring step in their continuing success story and come up trumps once again.

In part two: Four of a kind ... Durnin plays the winning hand as United come up trumps against Luton.

You've come up trumps , Derek.

feel like/turn to jelly

go/turn over sth in your mind

make/turn sth into an art form

Ronald Reagan turned it into an art form.

To avoid simultaneous borrowing and depositing you should monitor how accurate your forecasting is, without turning this into an art form.

not do a hand's turn

not turn a hair

poacher turned gamekeeper

put/set/turn your mind to sth

A second glance put my mind to rest, but for a moment there it gave me a turn.

Across the table, Lalage put her mind to the subjugation of Dada.

Anybody could do what I do if they put their mind to it.

But he can turn his mind to detailed needs, like pensions, if he has to.

He would put his mind to other issues, one of which was sobering in its own right.

I turned my mind to Archie.

Whatever you set your mind to, your personal total obsession, this is what kills you.

When Medea knew the deed was done she turned her mind to one still more dreadful.

put/turn sth to good account

The extra time was turned to good account .

put/turn the clock back

If I could turn the clock back, I don't think I'd study law again.

It would be nice to put the clock back to the years when Mum and Dad were still alive.

He thinks you can turn the clock back.

It was almost like turning the clock back a couple of centuries.

Not unless they fell into Morton's hands. Turn the clock back.

Or not lie, maybe. Turn the clock back.

The most important thing now is not to turn the clock back.

This great divide can not be bridged by turning the clock back.

We can not turn the clock back.

What is past is past and you can not turn the clock back.

sb would turn in their grave

set the wheels in motion/set the wheels turning

take a turn for the worse

Stock prices have taken a turn for the worse .

the worm turns

turn King's evidence

turn Queen's evidence

turn State's evidence

If both turn state's evidence, the five-year rule applies.

turn a blind eye (to sth)

Many landlords turn a blind eye to the fact that two families are sharing apartments.

Automakers say that in their zeal to promote airbags, regulators turned a blind eye to evidence of hazards.

But the police turn a blind eye to the lawbreaking.

Directors know this is going on and turn a blind eye.

He would prefer to turn a blind eye to the problem of asylum seekers around the world.

Rugby, whose spectators are a fairly respectable lot, turns a blind eye to fighting on the field.

The best the authorities could do was turn a blind eye.

The staff knew what was going on but they turned a blind eye.

They just had to put up with it and turn a blind eye.

turn a deaf ear (to sth)

She wouldn't be keeping the Law if she turned a deaf ear to the call or ran away from it.

The race committee turned a deaf ear to the objections of Amelia and the other fliers.

They may display their feelings by refusing to eat, and turning a deaf ear to anyone who calls their name.

Thus, year after year, working people turn a deaf ear to union entreaties.

turn a room/building etc inside out

turn on the waterworks

She was one of those people who could turn on the waterworks in order to get what they want.

Before Reagan turned on the waterworks , crying in public was widely considered a sign of weakness.

turn over a new leaf

After being released from jail, Tony decided to turn over a new leaf .

I know I've done some bad things in the past, but now I'm turning over a new leaf .

Faldo, perhaps above all, will be hoping to turn over a new leaf .

Like all fathers, I see fatherhood as a chance to turn over a new leaf .

Monnett agrees too, so much that he has turned over a new leaf .

There is no indication that Hollywood is turning over a new leaf , free of bloodstains.

We urge them to turn over a new leaf .

turn sth upside down

A distorted religion has turned the world upside down, denying that anything ever existed before itself.

I turn the box upside down and bring it out empty.

The girl was turning everything upside down.

The history of implants has been equally painful; implants can shift or turn themselves upside down.

They studied the map for a while, scratched their heads, turned it upside down and studied it some more.

We could turn the glass upside down and sideways without having the water pour out because air pressure pushes in all directions.

Yet with an appealing brew of nationalism and promise of democratic reform, Kostunica has since turned Yugoslav politics upside down.

turn tail

He caught sight of a few others, but they turned tail and vanished when they saw him through the mist.

If one animal suddenly turns tail , it is liable to be attacked and might get injured.

She wanted to turn tail and run, but she couldn't have stood herself if she appeared such a coward.

turn the corner

A superior actor might have turned the corner on this film.

He faced Main Street, where a black hearse turned the corner .

He turned the corner toward home and heard the familiar, booming bark from the garage.

I ran on down the road and when I turned the corner I was at the shops.

I thought by January we would turn the corner .

I watched him until he turned the corner .

Their car had hardly turned the corner when the mob arrived and smashed the house to pieces.

Willie caught sight of them as he turned the corner .

turn the other cheek

It's hard to turn the other cheek when someone insults you.

Anyway, all I can remember is something about turning the other cheek which I don't believe in.

Maintaining our resolve for peace does not mean, however, turning the other cheek .

No bottling up for me; no turning the other cheek for Walt.

Peregrine responded by turning the other cheek .

turn the tables (on sb)

Her record speed has turned the tables on Runyan, the defending champion.

Antony has turned the tables completely and has now completely destroyed all hopes of the conspirators ever establishing themselves in Rome.

Especially when such a rider turns the tables .

Glenn Hoddle reckons Town are a good bet to turn the tables .

Isn't it nice to see a couple turning the tables on a double-glazing salesman?

It's time to turn the tables .

So much for turning the tables .

That turns the tables on movie ratings.

That would certainly turn the tables , Blue thinks, that would certainly stand the whole business on its head.

turn turtle

Had the tortoise turned turtle in some sulphurous cul-de-sac?

turn up like a bad penny

turn your hand to (doing) sth

Adam Burns was probably good at everything he turned his hand to.

Adult women could often turn their hand to more than one form of casual employment.

Friday marks the start of a new music programme as Channel 4 turns its hand to dance.

He has had to be able to turn his hand to almost anything.

I have turned my hand to trying a bit of writing and I keep meaning to take it up again.

Roth also turned his hand to poetry, his best-known volume being, as you no doubt guessed, his Shit Poems.

She can also turn her hand to mending and spotting.

She turned her hand to short stories, getting two published in the early 1990s.

turn your nose up (at sth)

Many professors turn their noses up at television.

Time and again he had to turn his nose up into the arch of the drain to keep from drowning.

turn your stomach

The sight of the dead body turned his stomach .

The strike has meant piles of rotting garbage in the streets. "It's enough to turn your stomach ," said one resident.

And the rich, savoury smell of the hare drifted down to meet her, turning her stomach .

I don't know anything about art, but I know what turns my stomach .

It was in the air, all right, a stink that turned his stomach .

turn/beat swords into ploughshares

turn/beat swords into ploughshares

turn/go to mush

All this quickness of mind, all her decisiveness had turned to mush when Mac came on the scene.

turn/spin on your heel

Seifert turned on his heels and stomped away in anger.

Cooper turned on his heels and walked away.

He turned on his heel and went into the dining room.

I turned on my heel and left the room.

She turned on her heel and vanished into the murk.

Suddenly, the boar had been faced with a cliff too steep to climb and had turned on its heel .

Then she turned on her heel and we marched back down the hall.

Then, without a word, he turned on his heel and left the room.

turn/stand sth on its head

"You stand logic on its head when you use arms control as an argument for a larger defense budget," Aspin said.

Another basic political problem here is that the Dole message turns history on its head .

In fact, it would turn Beveridge on its head and use the national insurance system as a tax system.

It turns time on its head .

Many of these taboos derive from patriarchal societies taking the power of women and turning it on its head .

Rather than ignore Philips's cherished necessity principle, the Government turned it on its head .

Resist that temptation by turning it on its head .

That, of course, is to stand reality on its head , since the industrialised nations are manifestly the real environmental villains.

The next step was to turn reality on its head .

twist/turn the knife (in the wound)

Saints twisted the knife with a glorious try from Tony Sullivan, set up by Gary Connolly.

The tragedy is that you have to twist the knife in your own gray matter to make this defense work.

use/turn sth to your/good advantage

First and foremost, Borland have taken the Windows interface and used it to good advantage .

Homeloans are one of the cheapest ways of borrowing money - find out how to use them to your advantage .

If you would like to reassess your life and learn how to use stress to your advantage , come along.

Parents may feel suspicious of these, or resentful, and will need help in using them to best advantage .

Professionals need to be aware of such things and use them to good advantage .

when/while sb's back is turned

Once, despite the age requirement, my sister charms her way on to this ride while my back is turned.

EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES

"What do you think we should do?" she said, turning to her husband.

"What time is it?" "It just turned 3:00."

As the propeller stopped turning, Grady ran up to the plane.

Campbell turned and walked out of the room.

Charles turned his gaze upward to admire the ceiling.

Continue to turn the fritter until both sides are golden brown.

He saw a police car up ahead, so he turned and went down a side street.

Heat the peas briefly till they turn bright green.

I'll read the story and you turn the pages. OK, honey?

I turned a corner and nearly ran into Caroline.

I felt myself turn red with embarrassment.

I got a perm that turned my hair green.

I heard the door knob turning, and then Frank opened the door and tiptoed in.

If we turn the table around we can fit more chairs in the room.

It's getting late - I think we should turn back before it gets dark.

It was late autumn and the leaves were slowly turning golden.

Just when we were all getting our summer clothes out, it turned cold again.

She turned and looked Seth straight in the eyes.

She heard the door opening and turned to see who was coming in.

She put the key in the ignition and turned it, but nothing happened.

EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS

An event that made heads turn and tongues wag.

It turned out about the good-looking fellow from Essex County that he was a football coach who also did some counseling.

Landladies had mysteriously found tenants in the few minutes between a telephone inquiry and one's turning up on the doorstep.

No wonder he has turned the Newtslaying mission over to his deputy, David Bonior.

North Beach and Union Square merchants wait for customers who turn back, frustrated by street closures and a lack of parking.

Peter Allis has turned golf into a kind of harmless interview where public figures hit a few shots and chat about themselves.

Philomela accordingly turned to her loom.

II. noun

COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS

■ ADJECTIVE

left

The films were split into the 12 showing right turns and the 12 showing left turns.

A U-turn in Moscow is even more illegal than a left turn .

Ignore right turn just before church and ignore left turn 1/2 mile later.

There was a sharp left turn at the bottom into Ruskin Road.

The division of the stimuli into right and left turns demonstrated separate positive and negative relationships between risk and recognition sensitivity.

I tried going back but I kept getting to corners and not knowing whether to take the left turn or the right.

They noticed the car run wide as the defendant made a left turn and the officers decided to stop the vehicle.

right

I executed a hard right turn , but could not see any other aircraft in my vicinity.

We made a rocky, wet entry, and then took a sharp right turn along a wall.

The films were split into the 12 showing right turns and the 12 showing left turns.

Ignore right turn just before church and ignore left turn 1/2 mile later.

Proceed to the top and take a right turn into Barracks Lane.

Lower Bowland was starting to get further away, and there was still no sign of a right turn .

Up at the top there was a right turn , but he went on.

sharp

The control tower staff saw the aircraft making a sharp left-hand climbing turn before it disappeared into thick low cloud.

The road made a last sharp turn and ran straight west along the shoreline into Angle Inlet.

A sharp turn to the south east took us past St Ives, and up a massive sand-filled estuary towards Hayle.

After a sharp turn in the path, they are suddenly approaching a faint square of light.

There was a sharp left turn at the bottom into Ruskin Road.

His feet and hands kept striking stone corners, sharp turns , and massive columns difficult to circumvent.

Ro and Brent do the carrying, negotiating sharp turns in the stairwell.

wrong

I took a wrong turn out of town.

He took a wrong turn in his life, he concludes.

Their chances of survival vanished the moment they stumbled into the procession; one wrong turn and that was it.

There even have been reports that he took a wrong turn to get there.

How cruel to reflect upon the wrong turns and unsought circumstances of an unlucky life.

We haven't taken one wrong turn or had one row since getting in.

■ VERB

take

In other collaborative activities individuals take turns in sitting vigilantly alert while others feed, thereby functioning as watchdogs or guards.

They stood side by side, taking turns .

Perhaps as a result of his unpopularity, speculation about him has taken a new turn .

We took turns at being the hunter and the hunted.

Let us take these in turn .

As Richard grows up and Joan perseveres, their relationship takes subtle turns .

They took turns with a champagne bottle.

Resler and I took turns flying low level down the road, seeing who could hold the ship in the turns.

wait

Everyone had to wait their turn or be punished by filling in a long complicated questionnaire two hundred and sixteen times.

Jelani had to wait his turn .

Inside, he picked up a magazine and waited his turn .

Wearing red overalls, the princess laughed and chatted to other drivers while she waited her turn .

Men line up in the yard, smoking and passing around flasks and bottles while they wait their turn inside.

Goibniu would have to wait his turn .

In one corner of the improvised surgery lay four other forms on stretchers, waiting their turn .

PHRASES FROM OTHER ENTRIES

come/go/turn full circle

A manufacturer of sun care products has just issued a report showing that the view on tanning has come full circle.

Now his fortunes are poised to turn full circle again.

Now the pattern has turned full circle.

Only a classic endures, and sooner or later the fashion comes full circle.

The neo-colonial wheel has almost come full circle.

The wheel has turned full circle in the past 25 years.

Thus the research has come full circle.

Today, society has evolved and the wheel has come full circle.

come/turn up trumps

And a dream come true ... The advert for grandparents that came up trumps .

Conrad Allen came up trumps again, finishing fourth in the boys 800 metres in a personal best 2 mins. 22.

Ibanez seem to have taken another daring step in their continuing success story and come up trumps once again.

In part two: Four of a kind ... Durnin plays the winning hand as United come up trumps against Luton.

You've come up trumps , Derek.

feel like/turn to jelly

go/turn over sth in your mind

make/turn sth into an art form

Ronald Reagan turned it into an art form.

To avoid simultaneous borrowing and depositing you should monitor how accurate your forecasting is, without turning this into an art form.

not do a hand's turn

put/set/turn your mind to sth

A second glance put my mind to rest, but for a moment there it gave me a turn.

Across the table, Lalage put her mind to the subjugation of Dada.

Anybody could do what I do if they put their mind to it.

But he can turn his mind to detailed needs, like pensions, if he has to.

He would put his mind to other issues, one of which was sobering in its own right.

I turned my mind to Archie.

Whatever you set your mind to, your personal total obsession, this is what kills you.

When Medea knew the deed was done she turned her mind to one still more dreadful.

put/turn sth to good account

The extra time was turned to good account .

sb would turn in their grave

speak out of turn

Wagner spoke out of turn when he said the election would be delayed.

Captain Steve Waugh had sharp words with Buchanan, telling him he had spoken out of turn.

take a turn for the worse

Stock prices have taken a turn for the worse .

the worm turns

toss and turn

Do you fall asleep as soon as your head hits the pillow, or do you toss and turn for hours before dropping off?

She had slept badly, tossing and turning before falling into a fitful doze.

If your tossing and turning is taking up needed sleep time, insomnia may be the culprit.

Recurring thoughts about her conversation with Philippe Fontaine had kept her tossing and turning most of the night.

She had slept badly, tossing and turning in the heat though the room had been cool enough.

This, and the sound of heavy machinery passing underneath the window, kept me tossing and turning.

turn King's evidence

turn Queen's evidence

turn State's evidence

If both turn state's evidence, the five-year rule applies.

turn a blind eye (to sth)

Many landlords turn a blind eye to the fact that two families are sharing apartments.

Automakers say that in their zeal to promote airbags, regulators turned a blind eye to evidence of hazards.

But the police turn a blind eye to the lawbreaking.

Directors know this is going on and turn a blind eye.

He would prefer to turn a blind eye to the problem of asylum seekers around the world.

Rugby, whose spectators are a fairly respectable lot, turns a blind eye to fighting on the field.

The best the authorities could do was turn a blind eye.

The staff knew what was going on but they turned a blind eye.

They just had to put up with it and turn a blind eye.

turn a deaf ear (to sth)

She wouldn't be keeping the Law if she turned a deaf ear to the call or ran away from it.

The race committee turned a deaf ear to the objections of Amelia and the other fliers.

They may display their feelings by refusing to eat, and turning a deaf ear to anyone who calls their name.

Thus, year after year, working people turn a deaf ear to union entreaties.

turn on the waterworks

She was one of those people who could turn on the waterworks in order to get what they want.

Before Reagan turned on the waterworks , crying in public was widely considered a sign of weakness.

turn over a new leaf

After being released from jail, Tony decided to turn over a new leaf .

I know I've done some bad things in the past, but now I'm turning over a new leaf .

Faldo, perhaps above all, will be hoping to turn over a new leaf .

Like all fathers, I see fatherhood as a chance to turn over a new leaf .

Monnett agrees too, so much that he has turned over a new leaf .

There is no indication that Hollywood is turning over a new leaf , free of bloodstains.

We urge them to turn over a new leaf .

turn sth upside down

A distorted religion has turned the world upside down, denying that anything ever existed before itself.

I turn the box upside down and bring it out empty.

The girl was turning everything upside down.

The history of implants has been equally painful; implants can shift or turn themselves upside down.

They studied the map for a while, scratched their heads, turned it upside down and studied it some more.

We could turn the glass upside down and sideways without having the water pour out because air pressure pushes in all directions.

Yet with an appealing brew of nationalism and promise of democratic reform, Kostunica has since turned Yugoslav politics upside down.

turn tail

He caught sight of a few others, but they turned tail and vanished when they saw him through the mist.

If one animal suddenly turns tail , it is liable to be attacked and might get injured.

She wanted to turn tail and run, but she couldn't have stood herself if she appeared such a coward.

turn turtle

Had the tortoise turned turtle in some sulphurous cul-de-sac?

turn up like a bad penny

turn your hand to (doing) sth

Adam Burns was probably good at everything he turned his hand to.

Adult women could often turn their hand to more than one form of casual employment.

Friday marks the start of a new music programme as Channel 4 turns its hand to dance.

He has had to be able to turn his hand to almost anything.

I have turned my hand to trying a bit of writing and I keep meaning to take it up again.

Roth also turned his hand to poetry, his best-known volume being, as you no doubt guessed, his Shit Poems.

She can also turn her hand to mending and spotting.

She turned her hand to short stories, getting two published in the early 1990s.

turn your nose up (at sth)

Many professors turn their noses up at television.

Time and again he had to turn his nose up into the arch of the drain to keep from drowning.

turn your stomach

The sight of the dead body turned his stomach .

The strike has meant piles of rotting garbage in the streets. "It's enough to turn your stomach ," said one resident.

And the rich, savoury smell of the hare drifted down to meet her, turning her stomach .

I don't know anything about art, but I know what turns my stomach .

It was in the air, all right, a stink that turned his stomach .

turn/beat swords into ploughshares

turn/beat swords into ploughshares

turn/go to mush

All this quickness of mind, all her decisiveness had turned to mush when Mac came on the scene.

turn/spin on your heel

Seifert turned on his heels and stomped away in anger.

Cooper turned on his heels and walked away.

He turned on his heel and went into the dining room.

I turned on my heel and left the room.

She turned on her heel and vanished into the murk.

Suddenly, the boar had been faced with a cliff too steep to climb and had turned on its heel .

Then she turned on her heel and we marched back down the hall.

Then, without a word, he turned on his heel and left the room.

turn/stand sth on its head

"You stand logic on its head when you use arms control as an argument for a larger defense budget," Aspin said.

Another basic political problem here is that the Dole message turns history on its head .

In fact, it would turn Beveridge on its head and use the national insurance system as a tax system.

It turns time on its head .

Many of these taboos derive from patriarchal societies taking the power of women and turning it on its head .

Rather than ignore Philips's cherished necessity principle, the Government turned it on its head .

Resist that temptation by turning it on its head .

That, of course, is to stand reality on its head , since the industrialised nations are manifestly the real environmental villains.

The next step was to turn reality on its head .

twist and turn

And the sporty model, with its bigger tires, felt better in highway twists and turns than its richer sibling.

But the journey of life has many twists and turns.

Despite many bridges, viaducts, embankments, cuttings and tunnels the lines twist and turn in detours around the hills.

First, in high winds the building could twist and turn and pull sections of the walls or windows apart.

Or by the twists and turns of all that is buried in the human heart.

Pros: Lots of pyrotechnics and effects, plenty of twists and turns that keep you hanging on.

She'd twist and turn, she'd fold herself double, she'd cry out.

The roller-coaster ride of the successful entrepreneur has many such twists and turns.

use/turn sth to your/good advantage

First and foremost, Borland have taken the Windows interface and used it to good advantage .

Homeloans are one of the cheapest ways of borrowing money - find out how to use them to your advantage .

If you would like to reassess your life and learn how to use stress to your advantage , come along.

Parents may feel suspicious of these, or resentful, and will need help in using them to best advantage .

Professionals need to be aware of such things and use them to good advantage .

wait your turn

A long line of people waited their turn to shake his hand.

Everyone has to wait their turn.

Everyone had to wait their turn or be punished by filling in a long complicated questionnaire two hundred and sixteen times.

Goibniu would have to wait his turn.

In one corner of the improvised surgery lay four other forms on stretchers, waiting their turn.

Inside, he picked up a magazine and waited his turn.

It is unnecessarily unnerving to be waiting your turn while potential workmates eye you up and down.

Jelani had to wait his turn.

Men line up in the yard, smoking and passing around flasks and bottles while they wait their turn inside.

Wearing red overalls, the princess laughed and chatted to other drivers while she waited her turn.

EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES

Loosen the screw one complete turn in order to release the valve.

She can do a 360-degree turn on water skis.

Take the first turn on your right.

Take the first turning after the traffic lights.

Tighten the screw another two or three turns.

We were supposed to take Highway 12, but I think we missed the turn .

With three swift turns of the wheel, he steered the boat away from the rocks.

EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS

In turn , however, the question of where population is growing - or declining - is fundamentally related to human welfare.

My turn to die had come and I had been inexplicably reprieved.

The impartial flames in turn drove them back.

The OEMs in turn pass some of those reductions on to their customers to increase market share.

This in turn gave the schools the heavy assignment of universal literacy.

When it was my turn , I always used to think my time went quicker than when Frank was carrying it.

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