turn the tables

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v turn the tables cause a complete reversal of the circumstances "The tables are turned now that the Republicans are in power!"
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Turn the tables to bring about a complete reversal of circumstances
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Quotations

  • Charles Baudelaire
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    “True Civilization does not lie in gas, nor in steam, nor in turn-tables. It lies in the reduction of the traces of original sin.”

Idioms

Turn the tables - If circumstances change completely, giving an advantage to those who seemed to be losing, the tables are turned.
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. table—L. tabula, a board.

Usage

In literature:

Pole turned his chair to the table, and made an attempt to inspect one of the papers deliberately.
"Sandra Belloni, Complete" by George Meredith
Celie turned to the table and Philip saw that she had brought from her room a pencil and a bit of paper.
"The Golden Snare" by James Oliver Curwood
He turned from the window again, and took from the table a violin wrapped in buckskin, and softly he played one of their old love songs.
"Back to God's Country and Other Stories" by James Oliver Curwood
He turned to the table and filled another glass.
"Danger" by T. S. Arthur
From the table Jolly Roger turned, rubbing his hands and chuckling as he went for a third time to a low shelf built against the cabin wall.
"The Country Beyond" by James Oliver Curwood
Charley turned and blew out the candle on the table where he had eaten, then walked feebly to the window.
"The Right of Way, Complete" by Gilbert Parker
Something's needed that will play our game and turn the tables on the reptile too.
"Donovan Pasha And Some People Of Egypt, Complete" by Gilbert Parker
Heyst turned his back altogether on the table.
"Victory" by Joseph Conrad
Turn the tables on 'em.
"The Attache" by Thomas Chandler Haliburton
Turn the tables on 'em.
"The Attache" by Thomas Chandler Haliburton
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In poetry:

She moved the table of bottles
Away from the bed to the wall;
And tiptoeing gently over the stairs
Turned down the gas in the hall.
"Death In Leamington" by Sir John Betjeman
And aye she served the lang tables,
With white bread and with brown;
And aye she turned her round about,
Sae fast the tears fell down.
"Fair Annie" by Andrew Lang
From the festival's pomp, and the table's array,
Pale Richard of Bordeaux turned sadly away;
The thought of that time his remembrance appals,
When Famine scowled on him in Pomfret's dark walls.
"The Round Table or, King Arthur's Feast" by Thomas Love Peacock
Full forty years since turned the key in that door.
'T is a room deaf and dumb mid the city's uproar.
The guests, for whose joyance that table was spread,
May now enter as ghosts, for they're every one dead.
"The Dirty Old Man" by William Allingham
Hostess.
Yes; even after dark
He would sit on, and never call for lights.
The first night, I brought candles, as of course;
He let me set them on the table, true;
But soon's my back was turned, he put them out.
"Within and Without: Part II: A Dramatic Poem" by George MacDonald
Now someone driving through the rain will happen in, I bet;
So fill the fountain up again, and leave the table set.
For this was ours with pride to say—and all the world defy—
No stranger ever turned away, no neighbour passed us by.
"Around the Boree Log" by John O Brien

In news:

Tyra Banks is turning the tables.
Love You Madly turned the tables on the overwhelming favorite and won Saturday's $50,000 Skipat Stakes at Pimlico.
In this week's episode of The Rachel Zoe Project, the tables have turned.
So I turned the tables on him.
But the table didn't turn.
ALU and Huawei Turn the Tables in APAC.
Sounders turn the tables , blow out Galaxy.
The University of Central Arkansas Bears turned the tables on the nation's.
0 Wallpaper from the design studio Trove turns the tables: The audience inside an Italian opera becomes the show that plays out across your wall.
I was sitting around the kitchen table with my lovely wife, Lisa, and a few close friends the other day and the talked turned to gasoline prices.
How about we turn the tables (see what I mean) and put some foreign phrases up and you see if you can figure out the English meaning.
) Many miles down the road, finally baked and topped with whipped cream, the pie drew cheers even from the pumpkin-pie -haters in the group, who turned out to be most at the table.
A View From the Backstretch, the new photography exhibit at the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in Saratoga Springs, turns the tables on traditional racing photography.
But the tables had turned in the last three years when Marnie found herself in an abusive relationship with her live-in boyfriend Jeffrey Dene White.
We turn the tables , in more ways than one.
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In science:

Lemma 2.3 in turn describes the fusion ideal, which is written out in Table 1.
Fusion Rings of Loop Group Representations
As it turns out, for all 1 ≤ i ≤ 5, the subset {x, x + 5, x + 10} ⊆ F ¯Q satisfies the criteria we need, giving the five curves in Table 5.
Descent on superelliptic curves
The measured mass in these two experiments turns out to be smaller than in Cleo measurement, even though the results are marginally compatible: the average of all the determinations is reported in Table 2.
Excited Charmed Mesons: Observations, Analyses and Puzzles
For a broader perspective, one can turn the table and ask about the nature of galaxies with enhanced infrared emission (and usually radio continuum emission as well).
Galaxy Collisions - Dawn of a New Era
To give an example, flipping the turn on the last row and second column in the path of Table 2 we get the path of Table 3.
Nice Initial Complexes of Some Classical Ideals
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