turn around

Idioms & Phrases

turn around

Reverse the direction or course of something or someone, as in He has a way of turning around a failing business, or If someone doesn't turn him around he's headed for trouble. [Late 1800s]

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
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turn around

1. turning in an opposite direction or position; "the reversal of the image in the lens" [syn: reversal

1. turn abruptly and face the other way, either physically or metaphorically; "He turned around to face his opponent"; "My conscience told me to turn around before I made a mistake" [syn: swing around
2. improve dramatically; "The new strategy turned around sales"; "The tutor turned around my son's performance in math" 
3. improve significantly; go from bad to good; "Her performance in school picked up" 
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