Slang Dictionary

turn definition

  1. in.
    to go over to the other side, as with a spy or a criminal turning into an informer. (Underworld.) : Is there a chance that Bart would turn?
  2. tv.
    to corrupt someone; to turn someone to a life of crime. : Pete was trying to turn a young kid.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
Copyright 2007. Published by McGraw-Hill Education.
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Idioms & Phrases


In addition to the idioms beginning with turn, also see at every turn; by turns; every time one turns around; good turn; in turn; not know where to turn; one good turn deserves another; out of turn; take a turn for the better; take turns; to a T (turn); twist (turn) around one's finger; when someone's back is turned. Also see under unturned.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
Copyright © 1997. Published by Houghton Mifflin.
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