Idioms for turn

Origin of turn

before 1000; (v.) Middle English turnen, partly continuing Old English turnian, tyrnan < Latin tornāre to turn in a lathe, round off (derivative of tornus lathe < Greek tórnos tool for making circles), partly < Old French torner, t(o)urner < Latin, as above; (noun) Middle English, partly derivative of the v., partly < Anglo-French *torn, t(o)urn; Old French tor, t(o)ur < Latin tornus, as above


23, 24 fashion, mold.
41 Turn, revolve, rotate, spin indicate moving in a more or less rotary, circular fashion. Turn is the general and popular word for motion on an axis or around a center, but it is used also of motion that is less than a complete circle: A gate turns on its hinges. Revolve refers especially to movement in an orbit around a center, but is sometimes exchangeable with rotate, which refers only to the motion of a body around its own center or axis: The moon revolves about the earth. The earth rotates on its axis. To spin is to rotate very rapidly: A top spins.
66 spin, gyration, revolution.
75 deviation, bend, twist, vicissitude, variation.
88 talent, proclivity. Turn, cast, twist are colloquial in use and imply a bent, inclination, or habit. Turn means a tendency or inclination for something: a turn for art. Cast means an established habit of thought, manner, or style: a melancholy cast. Twist means a bias: a strange twist of thought.


turn·a·ble, adjectivehalf-turned, adjectiveun·turn·a·ble, adjectiveun·turned, adjective


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British Dictionary definitions for turn over (1 of 2)

turn over

verb (adverb)

noun turnover


(prenominal) able or designed to be turned or folded overa turnover collar

British Dictionary definitions for turn over (2 of 2)

/ (tɜːn) /



Derived forms of turn

turnable, adjective

Word Origin for turn

Old English tyrnian, from Old French torner, from Latin tornāre to turn in a lathe, from tornus lathe, from Greek tornos dividers
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Idioms and Phrases with turn over (1 of 2)

turn over


Invert, bring the bottom to the top, as in We have to turn over the soil before we plant anything. [Second half of 1300s]


Shift position, as by rolling from side to side. For example, This bed is so narrow I can barely turn over. [First half of 1700s]


Rotate, cycle, as in The engine turned over but the car wouldn't start. [Early 1900s]


Think about, consider, as in She turned over the idea in her mind. [Early 1800s]


Transfer to another, surrender, as in I turned over the funds to the children. [Mid-1500s]


Do business to the extent or amount of, as in We hoped the company would turn over a million dollars the first year. [Mid-1800s]


Seem to lurch or heave convulsively, as in The plane hit an air pocket and my stomach turned over. [Second half of 1800s]


Replace or renew the constituent parts, as in Half of our staff turns over every few years. [Mid-1900s] Also see turn over a new leaf.

Idioms and Phrases with turn over (2 of 2)


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