To turn upon


  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • To turn upon to retort; to throw back; as, to turn the arguments of an opponent upon himself.
    • To turn upon To turn against; to confront in hostility or anger.
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  • Gerald Stanley Lee
    Gerald Stanley Lee
    “A man's success in business today turns upon his power of getting people to believe he has something that they want.”
  • Kahlil Gibran
    “Verily the kindness that gazes upon itself in a mirror turns to stone, and a good deed that calls itself by tender names becomes the parent to a curse.”
  • Georg Hegel
    “To him who looks upon the world rationally, the world in its turn presents a rational aspect. The relation is mutual.”


In literature:

To have turned our disintegrators upon them, and to have begun a battle then and there, would have been folly.
"Edison's Conquest of Mars" by Garrett Putnam Serviss
Now they both turned to the dragoman, who was still kneeling upon the sand.
"A Desert Drama Being The Tragedy Of The "Korosko"" by A. Conan Doyle
A great shudder seized upon Ivan; and, for an instant, he was forced to turn away.
"The Genius" by Margaret Horton Potter
She drifted upon a gray sea of loneliness, torn from her old shelters, given nothing to which she might turn and cling.
"Nicanor - Teller of Tales" by C. Bryson Taylor
Turning his back upon the camp, Deerfoot motioned for them to go back.
"The Hunters of the Ozark" by Edward S. Ellis
As each field became stripped, stock would be turned in to feast upon the peas and pumpkins.
"Plantation Sketches" by Margaret Devereux
She and the big man by her side were a pair good to look upon, and people turned to look.
"Mistress Anne" by Temple Bailey
He will not turn upon man unless when wounded or brought to bay.
"The Hunters' Feast" by Mayne Reid
But to each of these in turn she excused herself, upon the plea that she never waltzed.
"Cruel As The Grave" by Mrs. Emma D. E. N. Southworth
Like the red men, too, his foot fell lightly upon the ground, and turned neither to the right nor left.
"Strange Stories from History for Young People" by George Cary Eggleston

In poetry:

The lover he turned baith red and pale,
Went doon upon his knee:
"O Ladye, hear the waesome tale
That must be told to thee!
"The Lang Coortin'" by Lewis Carroll
Even as a torpid brooklet,
That to the night-gleaming moon
Flashed in turn the frozen glances,
Melts upon the breast of noon.
"Daphne" by George Meredith
Turning I left the rose unto her pride,
The lily to her enviousness,
And soon upon the grassy ground espied
A daisy all companionless.
"Three Flowers" by William Watson
He has turn'd again to broken rest,
And sunk upon that rugged rock,
When a voice came near, that roused him,...
'Twas the Oracle that spoke !
"The Prophetess Of The Oracle Of Seam" by Anne Bannerman
That night destroyed me like an avalanche;
One night turned all my summer back to snow:
Next morning not a bird upon my branch,
Not a lamb woke below,—
"From House To House" by Christina Georgina Rossetti
So she turn'd an' gaed doon to the auld wud brig,
As ye see her gang the noo,
Wi' the same waefu' smile on her thin white lips,
An' the sorrow upon her broo.
"Daft Ailie" by Alexander Anderson

In news:

A special City Council meeting to address rising utility bills instead turned into a heated discussion centered on the previously agreed upon public notice of meetings of the Ad Hoc Committee originally formed to study the issue.
But it'll be dependent upon a sharp turn of events for secession to succeed.
We stumbled upon a video of a guy who isn't going to let a series of scary and very intense twists and turns get in the way of his attempt to keep a straight face while riding the 'Six Flags' "Goliath" roller coaster.
With the summer travel season upon us, a person's thoughts just naturally turn to … underwear.
It's Election Day, and a dozen volunteers have descended upon the Thicket Apartments near Bush Intercontinental Airport, block-walking in an effort to turn out voters last week.
The data also showed that more distressed homeowners are turning to short sales before their properties are foreclosed upon by banks.
For instance, upon waking-up, a consumer could press and hold down a particular configured hard button to open the shades, turn on specific lighting and play pre- selected media in the bedroom.
In voting for a new Parliament today, Austrians refused to take the sharp right turn that the anti-immigration leader Jorg Haider had urged upon them.

In science:

As a main feature, deterministic schemes (and by extension randomized schemes employing fixed inner codes) turn out to be strongly dependent upon the selected representation and control path.
Advantages of Randomization in Coherent Quantum Dynamical Control
This is in marked contrast to the RR-formalism: therein the charge Q switches its sign upon turning around the orientation.
An electric charge has no screw sense--a comment on the twistfree formulation of electrodynamics by da Rocha & Rodrigues
The analysis also required there to be an infinite number of decoupling conditions, which turned out to coincide with the constraints proposed by Virasoro (1970) and further elaborated upon by Fubini and Veneziano (1971).
The Early History of String Theory and Supersymmetry
Bo ltzmann distribut ion anymore; in turn, as discussed in more detail below, it is expected to depend upon reaction rate.
Vibrational temperature of the adlayer in "hot atom" reaction mechanism
The shift ∆ir , which turns out to depend upon r and i (but not upon j ), is given by ∆ir = 1 2 (i+ 3)− r .
W-Infinity and String Theory