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turn against

(preposition) to change or cause to change one's attitude so as to become hostile or to retaliate
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  • You shall learn what it means to turn against your friends.'

    The Orange Girl Walter Besant
  • Notwithstanding, it appears that they turn against their own absurdity.

  • Would she ever turn against her nursling now, above all, when he was showing himself such a son to his old father?

    Mrs. Warren's Daughter Sir Harry Johnston
  • Then he tried to turn against them the anger of the householders of the village.

    Jewish Children Sholem Naumovich Rabinovich
  • When we turn against them and refuse to obey them, they rise in fierce insistence, but the same moment begin to die.

    Hope of the Gospel George MacDonald
Idioms and Phrases with turn against

turn against

Become or make antagonistic to, as in Adolescents often turn against their parents, but only temporarily, or She turned him against his colleagues by telling him they were spying on him. [ First half of 1800s ]
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