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Turn the tide   /tərn ðə taɪd/   Listen
Turn the tide

Cause a complete reversal of the circumstances.  Synonym: turn the tables.

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"Turn the tide" Quotes from Famous Books

... infest the councils of the Union, the most certain road to the accomplishment of its aim would be to employ the State officers as much as possible, and to attach them to the Union by an accumulation of their emoluments. This would serve to turn the tide of State influence into the channels of the national government, instead of making federal influence flow in an opposite and adverse current. But all suppositions of this kind are invidious, and ought to be banished from the consideration of the ...
— The Federalist Papers • Alexander Hamilton, John Jay, and James Madison

... it," Kit rejoined, "but if it's anything to you all, I'd be willing to bet anything that right this minute Uncle Cassius is springing some glad tidings down-stairs that will turn the tide of fortune." ...
— Kit of Greenacre Farm • Izola Forrester

... heart, and teaches it to melt; That nurses liberty's expanding seeds, And teems prolific with the noblest deeds. To guide the storm of battle o'er the plain, Condense its force, expand it, or restrain; To turn the tide of conquest to defeat By stratagems too fatally complete, Or freeze it by delay; to aim at will The well-timed stroke that mars all adverse skill; To range, in order firm, th'embattled line; Or shape, as regular, ...
— Gustavus Vasa - and other poems • W. S. Walker

... which the "children in the market-place" repeat to each other. His very language is forced and broken lest some saving formula should be lost—distinctities, enucleation, pentad of operative Christianity; he has a whole armoury of these terms, and expects to turn the tide of human thought by fixing the sense of such expressions as "reason," "understanding," "idea." Again, he lacks the jealousy of a true artist in excluding all associations that have no colour, or charm, or gladness in them; ...
— Appreciations, with an Essay on Style • Walter Horatio Pater

Words linked to "Turn the tide" :   turn the tables, reverse, change by reversal, turn

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