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  • v. To revolve or rotate around a centre.
  • v. To turn so as to be facing in the opposite direction.
  • v. To change one's opinion or attitude (especially when becoming hostile etc.).
  • v. To make revolve, rotate.
  • v. To put into an opposing position; to reverse.
  • v. To make (a ship, airplane etc.) ready for departure.
  • v. To process; to complete work on (something), especially with a view to sending it on in a finished state.


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  • And truly, so the King told me, Lord Geoffrey protected him from the Saracens just as a good servant protects his master's cup from flies; for whenever the Saracens tried to get near him, Lord Geoffrey would take his sword, which he had placed between himself and the saddle-bow, and put it under his arm, and turn round and make a dash at them, and drive them away from the King.

    The Memoirs of the Lord of Joinville

  • He will perhaps turn round by and by, and in the meantime we can look at that stately old lady, his mother, a beautiful aged brunette, whose rich-toned complexion is well set off by the complex wrappings of pure white cambric and lace about her head and neck.

    Adam Bede

  • He was then going back, when a faint laugh from the neighbour of Camilla detained him; 'Look, I adjure you,' cried he, addressing her, 'if there's not that delightful creature again, with his bran-new clothes? and they sit upon him so tight, he can't turn round his vastly droll figure, except like a puppet with one jerk for the whole body.

    Camilla: or, A Picture of Youth

  • – I recommend that you go out upon the grass-plot before the door and turn round two or three times.


  • And when the momentous day arrived, and the little sister and I stood up to be arrayed, it was Frieda herself who patted and smoothed my stiff new calico; who made me turn round and round, to see that I was perfect; who stooped to pull out a disfiguring basting-thread.

    The Promised Land

  • After Tess had settled down to her cow there was for a time no talk in the barton, and not a sound interfered with the purr of the milk-jets into the numerous pails, except a momentary exclamation to one or other of the beasts requesting her to turn round or stand still.

    Tess of the d'Urbervilles

  • I tried to hurry Helen out-of-doors, but she kept her arm extended, and every coat-tail she touched must needs turn round and give an account of the children he left at home, and receive kisses according to their number.

    The Story of My Life

  • He went into a café in the Rue Lepic, and then down again to the Place Blanche, where he took a turn round the same two restaurants.

    Maigret in Montmartre

  • The other rooms my sister fills with gimcracks, till I cannot turn round there without fear of breaking something, Now my old folios and octavos have tried a fall many a time – and many a one has tried a fall with them – ha! ha!

    The Old Helmet

  • Dogs, when they wish to go to sleep on a carpet or other hard surface, generally turn round and round and scratch the ground with their fore-paws in a senseless manner, as if they intended to trample down the grass and scoop out a hollow, as no doubt their wild parents did, when they lived on open grassy plains or in the woods.

    The expression of the emotions in man and animals


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