turn the tables


turn the tables
verb
cause a complete reversal of the circumstances (Freq. 1)
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The tables are turned now that the Republicans are in power!

Syn: ↑turn the tide
Hypernyms: ↑change by reversal, ↑turn, ↑reverse
Verb Frames:
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Something ——s

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Somebody ——s

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phrasal
Etymology: fr. turn the tables to reverse the relative positions as in a board game
1. : to bring about a reversal of the relative conditions or fortunes of two contending persons or parties
2. : to show that an argument advanced for or against a thesis actually favors the other side

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turn the tables
To bring about a complete reversal of circumstances, from the idea of players at backgammon changing sides
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Main Entry:table
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turn the tables see under ↑table
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Main Entry:turn

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I
reverse one's position relative to someone else, esp. by turning a position of disadvantage into one of advantage

police invited householders to a seminar on how to turn the tables on burglars

II
see table

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turn the tables
: to change a situation completely so that you have an advantage over someone who previously had an advantage over you
— often + on

He turned the tables on his attacker and pinned him to the ground.

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Main Entry:table

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • turn the tables — Synonyms and related words: accommodate, adapt, adjust, alter, ameliorate, be listened to, be recognized, better, break up, change, change the preponderance, come back at, convert, counter, deform, denature, diversify, evert, fit, gain a footing …   Moby Thesaurus

  • turn the tables — verb To reverse a situation, such that the advantage has shifted to the party which was previously disadvantaged. Well, the tables are turned the times are changed. A peaceful and unoffending man might have expected from a neighbour, now powerful …   Wiktionary


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