turn over

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turn over

  1. Invert, bring the bottom to the top, as in We have to turn over the soil before we plant anything. [Second half of 1300s]

  2. Shift position, as by rolling from side to side. For example, This bed is so narrow I can barely turn over. [First half of 1700s]

  3. Rotate, cycle, as in The engine turned over but the car wouldn't start. [Early 1900s]

  4. Think about, consider, as in She turned over the idea in her mind. [Early 1800s]

  5. Transfer to another, surrender, as in I turned over the funds to the children. [Mid-1500s]

  6. Do business to the extent or amount of, as in We hoped the company would turn over a million dollars the first year. [Mid-1800s]

  7. Seem to lurch or heave convulsively, as in The plane hit an air pocket and my stomach turned over. [Second half of 1800s]

  8. Replace or renew the constituent parts, as in Half of our staff turns over every few years. [Mid-1900s] Also see turn over a new leaf.

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