turn into a pumpkin

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From the story of Cinderella, in which a pumpkin magically transformed into a coach reverts to its original form at midnight.


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turn into a pumpkin (third-person singular simple present turns into a pumpkin, present participle turning into a pumpkin, simple past and past participle turned into a pumpkin)

  1. (idiomatic, colloquial) To go to bed; to go to sleep (especially at, or around midnight).
    I'm about ready to turn into a pumpkin. You can stay up later if you want.
    Tell her I'm turning into a pumpkin if she stays out too late. She won't be getting a lift from me.
  2. (idiomatic, colloquial) Used to indicate a curfew, or the time by which one must depart.
    My daughter turns into a pumpkin at 10:00, so you need to have her home before then.
    I'm turning into a pumpkin at 4:00, so we need to finish this.
    "I need to get back now!" "Why? Are you going to turn into a pumpkin?"