turn over

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to turn + over


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

  1. Used other than as an idiom: see turn,‎ over.
  2. To flip over; to rotate uppermost to bottom.
    Turn over the box and look at the bottom.
  3. (transitive, idiomatic) To relinquish; give back.
    They turned over the evidence to the authorities.
  4. (transitive, idiomatic) To transfer.
    • 1843, Thomas Carlyle, Past and Present, book 3, ch. IX, Working Aristocracy
      But what is to be done with our manufacturing population […] This one thing, of doing for them by ‘underselling all people,’ and filling our own bursten pockets and appetites by the road; and turning over all care for any ‘population,’ or human or divine consideration except cash only, to the winds, with a “Laissez-faire” and the rest of it: this is evidently not the thing.
  5. (transitive, idiomatic) To produce, complete, or cycle through.
    They can turn over about three hundred units per hour.
  6. (transitive) To mull, ponder
  7. (transitive, intransitive) To spin the crankshaft of an internal combustion engine using the starter or hand crank in an attempt to make it run.
  8. (transitive, sports) To give up control (of the ball and thus the ability to score).
    The Giants didn't turn the ball over in their last four games.


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