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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

SYNONYMS FOR turn

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.

OTHER WORDS FROM turn

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

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH turn

intern inturn in turntern turn
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British Dictionary definitions for turn up (1 of 2)

turn up

verb (adverb)

(intr) to arrive or appearhe turned up late at the party
to find or be found, esp by accidenthis book turned up in the cupboard
(tr) to increase the flow, volume, etc, ofto turn up the radio
(tr) informal to cause to vomit

noun turn-up

(often plural) British the turned-up fold at the bottom of some trouser legsUS and Canadian name: cuff
informal an unexpected or chance occurrence

British Dictionary definitions for turn up (2 of 2)

turn
/ (tɜːn) /

verb

noun

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 up (1 of 2)

turn up

1

Increase the volume, speed, intensity, or flow of, as in Turn up the air conditioning; it's too hot in here. [Late 1800s]

2

Find or be found, as in She turned up the missing papers, or Your coat turned up in the closet.

3

Appear, arrive, as in His name turns up in the newspaper now and then, or Some old friends turned up unexpectedly. [c. 1700] This usage gave rise to turn up like a bad penny, meaning that something unwanted constantly reappears, as in Ken turns up like a bad penny whenever there's free liquor. Bad here alludes to a counterfeit coin.

4

Fold or be capable of being folded, as in I'll just turn up the hem, or He preferred cuffs that turn up. [c. 1600]

5

Happen unexpectedly, as in Something turned up so I couldn't go to the play. Also see the following idioms beginning with turn up.

Idioms and Phrases with turn up (2 of 2)

turn

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