turn

(redirected from turns tail)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical, Financial, Idioms, Encyclopedia.
Related to turns tail: turn tail and run

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
References in periodicals archive ?
Before its approach, the shuttle flies upside down in orbit to stop it from overheatingIt turns tail first and the engines are fired to slow it before it re-enters the atmosphereIt is then flipped the right way up and enters the atmosphere at a 40-degree angleThe angle keeps thermal tiles facing the worst heat, which can reach 1,650C (3,000F)As speed drops, the shuttle uses wing flaps and rudder for control, banking to slow furtherThe shuttle falls fast from almost 220 miles up at a steep angle before finally stopping