Origin of turnaround

First recorded in 1925–30; noun use of verb phrase turn around
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Historical Examples of turnaround

  • The turnaround in Milosevic's position was too sudden and Russia's support has always been more moral than military.

    After the Rain

    Sam Vaknin

  • Only Hunter and his faded seat companion got out at the turnaround terminal and took the slideway to center-city.

    The Cartels Jungle

    Irving E. Cox, Jr.

British Dictionary definitions for turnaround



  1. the act or process in which a ship, aircraft, etc, unloads passengers and freight at the end of a trip and reloads for the next trip
  2. the time taken for this
the total time taken by a ship, aircraft, or other vehicle in a round trip
a complete reversal of a situation or set of circumstances
Also called: turnround
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Word Origin and History for turnaround

1936, from verbal phrase turn around "reverse," 1880, American English.

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