Take a turn for the better



Improve, as in We thought she was on her deathbed but now she’s taken a turn for the better. The antonym is take a turn for the worse, meaning “get worse, deteriorate,” as in Unemployment has been fairly low lately, but now the economy’s taken a turn for the worse. This idiom employs turn in the sense of “a reversal,” a usage dating from about 1600.

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    noun 1. something taken back or away, especially an employee benefit that is eliminated or substantially reduced by the terms of a union contract. 2. conclusions, impressions, or action points resulting from a meeting, discussion, roundtable, or the like: The takeaway was that we had to do a lot more work on the proposal before […]

  • Take-away

    noun 1. something taken back or away, especially an employee benefit that is eliminated or substantially reduced by the terms of a union contract. 2. conclusions, impressions, or action points resulting from a meeting, discussion, roundtable, or the like: The takeaway was that we had to do a lot more work on the proposal before […]



  • Take away from

    Detract, as in Her straggly hair takes away from her otherwise attractive appearance. [ Second half of 1800s ]

  • Take a whack at

    take a peek take a shine to take a whack at see: have a crack at



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