[ turn-out ]
/ ˈtɜrnˌaʊt /
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Origin of turnout

First recorded in 1680–90; noun use of verb phrase turn out
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British Dictionary definitions for turnout

turn out

verb (adverb)

noun turnout

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Idioms and Phrases with turnout

turn out


Shut off, as in He turned out the light. [Late 1800s]


Arrive or assemble for an event, as in A large number of voters turned out for the rally. [Mid-1700s]


Produce, as in They turn out three thousand cars a month. [Mid-1700s]


Be found to be in the end; also, end up, result, as in The rookie turned out to be a fine fielder, or The cake didn't turn out very well. [First half of 1700s] Also see turn out all right.


Equip, outfit, as in The bride was turned out beautifully. [First half of 1800s]


Get out of bed, as in Come on, children; time to turn out. [Colloquial; early 1800s]


Evict, expel, as in The landlord turned out his tenant. [Early 1500s]

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