To turn State's evidence

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • To turn State's evidence to confess a crime and give evidence against one's accomplices.
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Usage

In literature:

He is true to his pals in crime, never having been known to turn State's evidence.
"The Twin Hells" by John N. Reynolds
To this end, the foreman, Donleavy, had been driven by a process of sweating to turn State's evidence against his master.
"Ridgway of Montana" by William MacLeod Raine
He wants to turn state's evidence!
"Way of the Lawless" by Max Brand
The prosecution used a great deal of pressure to make this boy turn state's evidence.
"The Centralia Conspiracy" by Ralph Chaplin
Jack Farley turned State's evidence, and Creviss and ten other young reprobates were sent to a reformatory.
"Ted Strong's Motor Car" by Edward C. Taylor
The first, Springer, had turned State's evidence on his accomplice; who, according to his account, was the prime mover in the business.
"The Continental Monthly, Vol. IV. October, 1863, No. IV." by Various
This investigation is strictly official and according to the law, and he's turned State's evidence.
"The Skipper and the Skipped" by Holman Day
Are you full of remorse and going to turn state's evidence?
"A Certain Rich Man" by William Allen White
Doubtless it was a race between them as to who could soonest seize the opportunity to turn State's evidence.
"The Ordeal" by Charles Egbert Craddock
Wouldn't you be glad of twenty-four hours' start to keep him from turning state's evidence?
"The Coast of Chance" by Esther Chamberlain
Long John was allowed to turn state's evidence.
"The Story of the Outlaw" by Emerson Hough
You wish to turn state's evidence.
"Myths & Legends of our New Possessions & Protectorate" by Charles M. Skinner
In such it is treachery to censure them; to cry out when robbed by them is to turn State's evidence.
"The Shadow On The Dial, and Other Essays" by Ambrose Bierce
Are you willing to turn state's evidence?
"The Launch Boys' Adventures in Northern Waters" by Edward S. Ellis
They found in Pr-ressley's pocket a letter offering to turn State's evidence.
"A Tar-Heel Baron" by Mabell Shippie Clarke Pelton
He was ready to turn state's evidence as soon as he saw an opportunity.
"At the Crossroads" by Harriet T. Comstock
Of course I began to feel that they were crowding me to turn State's evidence against my faithful Jim.
"Cupid's Middleman" by Edward B. Lent
He threatened to turn state's evidence, and perhaps he would have done so if he hadn't escaped.
"The Crimson Gardenia and Other Tales of Adventure" by Rex Beach
The thing which turned state's evidence to hang my poor old dad.
"A Man in the Open" by Roger Pocock
She's confessed and promises to turn state's evidence if we'll go light with her.
"On Secret Service" by William Nelson Taft
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