- 1Suddenly attack physically or verbally: he turned on her with cold savageryMore example sentences
attack, set on, fall on, launch an attack on, let fly at, lash out at, hit out at; weigh into, round on, lose one's temper with• informal lay into, tear into, lace into, sail into, pitch into, let someone have it, get stuck into, wade into, bite someone's head off, jump down someone's throatBritish • informal have a go atNorth American • informal light into
- Suddenly Lily turns on her.
- Should he lose, it will be like a pack of wolves that suddenly turns on itself.
- He said he feared for his life after the three men suddenly turned on him and started punching him.
- 2Have as the main topic or point of interest: for most businessmen, the central questions will turn on taxationMore example sentences
- In such a world there is no space for a communication without a topic that turns on money.
- The question turns on that vexed subject, the moral status of the human embryo.
- That the question turns on the meaning of a passage from Scripture is not insignificant.
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