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Related to turned tail: defer to, off-chance, come to fruition, pick up on, in its entirety

turn

(Change), noun bend, change of direction, curve, detour, deviation, diversion, particular interpretation, twist, vicissitude
Associated concepts: turnover order

turn

(Rotation), noun circuit, cycle, gyration, revolution, shift, span stretch, stint

turn

(Change), verb alter, avert, bend, change, change opinion, coil, contort, convert, curdle, curl, deviate, ferment, form, induce, influence, metamorphose, mold, persuade, prevail upon, recast, reconstruct, shift, sinuate, slue, sway, swerve, transform, transmute, transpose, veer, wind, win over

turn

(Deflect), verb alter belief, argue, avert, change course, convince, gainsay, maneuver, outmaneuver, transform, vary
Associated concepts: turn state's evidence

turn

(Rotate), verb change, gyrate, jibe, move, move clockwise, move counterclockwise, pivot, pull, push, spin, swivel, whirl
See also: accident, alter, avert, contort, contour, convert, crossroad, deviate, digress, flair, gift, impair, influence, occurrence, opportunity, oscillate, posture, predisposition, prejudice, proclivity, quirk, shape, situation, slant, spoil, tendency, transform, transition
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The nature of the threat you posed, the nature of the violence you were threatening, was such that (the victim) turned tail and ran and, albeit his judgement was affected by the amount he had had to drink, he ran into the road using cars to shield himself.
Now the dailies have turned tail and appear united in their opinion that no club back here will take on Mourinho now.
Derek Davies, 69, who owns D & M Davies Jewellers in Tonypandy and Treorchy with his wife Mair, had arrived on site at his Treorchy shop minutes after the thieves had turned tail and fled as the shop assistant had recognised the ring they were selling.
The cat advanced slowly, the magpie hastily beat retreat While the other bird moved closer as though his fate to meet The MAGPIES were UNITED, putting the BLACK CAT to the test While I was a mere spectator to see who came off best The cat was confused and frustrated, the magpies hopped around in glee Then all at once the cat got wise and with an air of dignity He turned tail on the teasing magpies, he had seen the light MAGPIES and BLACK CATS can live in harmony, they don't have to fight.
Matt''s dive buddy, Canadian Alex McFadyen, rushed to his aid kicking the shark until it turned tail and swam away.
The minute she found out she was related to a Mitchell, she should have turned tail and headed back to Telford.
Mr Campbell said: "What these letters do show is the sort of pressure Gordon Brown will have been under and with, if you like, threats like this, it is easy to see why he turned tail on the windfall tax.
The former champion might have been expected to compete for Europe, but in a surprise development reminiscent of other sports stars who have turned tail and represented 'foreign' countries or continents, Dettori will line up alongside Hayley Turner and Seb Sanders this weekend in the four-team event.
My pig came out of the pen and was happy to walk to the wash pen; his immediately turned tail and fled, tearing up and down the rows of pens like a thing possessed, with poor old I estyn racing after her.
I gauged the wind, steadied to draw, when suddenly the bucks turned tail in a wild-eyed dash.
Taking consolation in the fact that they looked pretty miserable too, I turned tail and walked back to the Sandplant Lagoons at Marshside.
By the time they arrived, the Battle of Trafalgar had all but been won and the French turned tail and fled.