take turns

Alternate, as in Since there is only one horse, Beth and Amanda are taking turns riding. This phrase uses turn in the sense of “one of a series of actions done in succession.” [Late 1300s] Also see in turn.

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How to use take turns in a sentence

  • Both of us must not sleep at the same time; we must take turns at sleeping.

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  • With three employees, the housewife ought to make them take turns in cooking and serving one of the three meals each day.

  • The period of incubation is about five weeks, and male and female take turns at sitting.

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  • They 155 take turns staring steadily at her, sometimes, until they make her so nervous she can scarcely eat.

  • So he arranged with a brother, who was staying with him, to take turns standing guard at his house and at the office.

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