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- Used other than figuratively or idiomatically: see turn, over.
- To flip over; to rotate uppermost to bottom.
- Turn over the box and look at the bottom.
- (transitive, idiomatic) To relinquish; give back.
- They turned over the evidence to the authorities.
- (transitive, idiomatic) To transfer.
- 1843 April, Thomas Carlyle, “ch. IX, Working Aristocracy”, in Past and Present, American edition, Boston, Mass.: Charles C[offin] Little and James Brown, published 1843, →OCLC, book III (The Modern Worker):
- 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.
- (transitive, idiomatic) To produce, complete, or cycle through.
- They can turn over about three hundred units per hour.
- (transitive, business) To generate (a certain amount of money from sales).
- The business turned over £1m last year.
- (transitive) To mull, ponder
- (transitive, intransitive) To spin the crankshaft of an internal combustion engine using the starter or hand crank in an attempt to make it run.
- (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.
- (transitive) To cause extensive disturbance or disruption to (a room, storage place, etc.), e.g. while searching for an item, or ransacking a property.
- I've turned over the whole place, but I still can't find my glasses.
- Thieves turned over the apartment while the owners were away on holiday.
to flip over
to transfer — see transfer
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