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turn the tables

  1. To reverse a situation and gain the upper hand: “After trailing the entire first quarter, the team rallied and finally turned the tables.”


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Reverse a situation and gain the upper hand, as in Steffi won their previous three matches but today Mary turned the tables and prevailed . This expression alludes to the former practice of reversing the table or board in games such as chess, thereby switching the opponents' positions. [c. 1600]

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