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turn British & World English

Move or cause to move in a circular direction wholly or partly around an axis or point

come full circle British & World English

Return to a past position or situation, especially in a way considered to be inevitable

come up trumps British & World English

(Of a person or situation) have a better performance or outcome than expected

tip the scales British & World English

Be the deciding factor; make the critical difference

tip the scales at British & World English

Have a weight of (a specified amount)

go sour British & World English

Become less pleasant; turn out badly

beat swords into ploughshares British & World English

Devote resources to peaceful rather than warlike ends

stand something on its head British & World English

Completely reverse the principles or interpretation of an idea or argument

twist the knife British & World English

Deliberately make someone’s sufferings worse

U-turn British & World English

The turning of a vehicle in a U-shaped course so as to face in the opposite direction

in turn British & World English

In succession; one after the other

turn in British & World English

Go to bed in the evening

turn on British & World English

Suddenly attack physically or verbally

turn-on British & World English

A person or thing that causes someone to feel excited or sexually aroused

turn up British & World English

Be found, especially by chance, after being lost

turn-up British & World English

The end of a trouser leg folded upwards on the outside

out-turn British & World English

The amount of something produced, especially money

stem turn British & World English

A turn made by stemming with the upper ski and lifting the lower one parallel to it towards the end

star turn British & World English

The person or act that gives the most heralded or impressive performance in a programme

turn tail British & World English

Turn round and run away

turn back British & World English

Go (or cause someone or something to go) back in the direction in which they have come

turn into British & World English

Become (a particular kind of thing or person); be transformed into

turn off British & World English

Leave one road in order to join another

turn-off British & World English

A junction at which a road branches off from a main road

turn out British & World English

Prove to be the case

turn over British & World English

(Of an engine) start or continue to run properly

kick-turn British & World English

A turn carried out while stationary by lifting first one and then the other ski through 180°

left turn British & World English

A turn that brings a person’s front to face the way their left side did before

about-turn British & World English

(Chiefly in military contexts) a turn made so as to face the opposite direction

right turn British & World English

A turn that brings a person’s front to face the way their right side did before

round turn British & World English

A complete turn of a rope around another rope or an anchoring point

stall turn British & World English

An aerobatic manoeuvre in which the aircraft climbs vertically before being stalled, when it turns on one wing into a dive

to a turn British & World English

To exactly the right degree (used especially in relation to cooking)

turn about British & World English

Move so as to face in the opposite direction

turn signal British & World English

An indicator on a vehicle

turn turtle British & World English

(Chiefly of a boat) turn upside down

turn heads British & World English

Attract a great deal of attention or interest

Buggins' turn British & World English

A system by which appointments or awards are made in rotation rather than by merit

parallel turn British & World English

A turn with the skis kept parallel to each other

turn traitor British & World English

Betray a group or person

turn against British & World English

Become (or cause someone to become) hostile towards

turn a trick British & World English

(Of a prostitute) have a session with a client

on the turn British & World English

At a turning point; in a state of change

out of turn British & World English

At a time when it is not one’s turn

turn of mind British & World English

A particular way of thinking

handbrake turn British & World English

A skidding turn in a fast-moving car, typically through 180°, effected by a sudden application of the handbrake

turn of phrase British & World English

A person’s particular or characteristic manner of expression

turn the screw British & World English

Exert strong pressure on someone


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