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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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  • "I turn against you, if at all, for a lack of mannerism," said Vera briskly.

    Love and Lucy

    Maurice Henry Hewlett
  • "I hope you won't all of you turn against him," said the Marchioness.

    Is He Popenjoy?

    Anthony Trollope
  • Have I done anything that should cause them to turn against me?

  • And she was just as angry that the friend should turn against her for her conduct to her husband.

    Kept in the Dark

    Anthony Trollope
  • It seemed to turn against his hands in spite of all his efforts.

    The Upper Berth Francis Marion Crawford
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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