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chance to do something
the time when it is your chance, duty, or right to do something that each person in a group is doing one after the other
turn to do something
Whose turn is it to set the table?
. Roll the dice.
drive the kids to school this week.
take it in turns
if two or more people take turns doing work, using something etc, they do it one after the other, for example in order to share the work or play fairly
You'll have to take turns on the swing.
take turns doing something
The students were taking turns reading aloud.
take turns in doing something
We took turns in pushing the bike along.
take turns to do something
Dan and I usually take turns to cook.
as a result of something
Interest rates were cut and, in turn, share prices rose.
one after the other, especially in a particular order
Each of us in turn had to describe how alcohol had affected our lives.
a place where one road goes in a different direction from the one you are on
According to the map we missed our turn back there.
take the first/a wrong etc turn
go along the first etc road
I think we took a wrong turn coming out of town.
Take the second turn on the left.
a curve in a road, path etc
coming up ahead.
a change in the direction you are moving
make a left/right turn
Make a left turn at the station.
change in events
a sudden or unexpected change that makes a situation develop in a different way
take a dramatic/fresh/different etc turn
From then on, our fortunes took a downward turn.
My career had already taken a new turn.
The President was stunned by the sudden
turn of events
take a turn for the worse/better
Two days after the operation, Dad took a turn for the worse.
the turn of the century/year
the beginning of a new century or year
the short period from the turn of the century until World War One
at every turn
happening again and again, especially in an annoying way
problems that presented themselves at every turn
act of turning something
the act of turning something completely around a fixed point
I gave the screw another two or three turns.
changing from one quality, feeling etc to another
By turns, a 14 year old is affectionate then aggressive, silent then outspoken.
turn of phrase
the ability to say things in a clever or funny way
Kate has a colourful turn of phrase.
a particular way of saying something
What a strange turn of phrase!
speak/talk out of turn
to say something you should not say in a particular situation, especially because you do not have enough authority to say it
I'm sorry if I spoke out of turn, Major Karr.
do somebody a good/bad turn
to do something that is helpful or unhelpful for someone
You did me a good turn by driving Max home last night.
one good turn deserves another
used to say that if someone does something nice for you, you should do something nice for them
turn of mind
the particular way that someone usually thinks or feels
an academic/practical etc turn of mind
youngsters with an independent turn of mind
on the turn
is on the turn, the sea is starting to come in or go out
starting to change, or in the process of changing
Hopefully my luck was on the turn.
if milk, fish, or other food is on the turn, it is no longer fresh
turn of speed
a sudden increase in your speed, or the ability to increase your speed suddenly
He's a top goalkicker with a surprising turn of speed.
done to a turn
to be perfectly cooked
take a turn in/on etc something
to walk somewhere for pleasure
give somebody a turn
to frighten someone
have a turn
to feel slightly ill
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