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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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There's absolutely nothing wrong with rolling over, showing your yellow belly, turning tail or throwing in the towel.
Before turning tail one of the criminals, described as slim, 5ft 5in, and wearing dark clothes, threatened the manager with the blade.
I know how to face fire without soiling me britches and turning tail.