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turn king's/queen's evidence
To provide evidence in court implicating other parties involved in the crime for which one has been charged, in order to receive a reduced sentence or to avoid prosecution altogether. Primarily heard in UK. We're leaning on him pretty hard, so we think he'll turn king's evidence and finger his accomplices.
1. Evident; plainly visible. All the renovations you made to the house are clearly in evidence. I think prospective buyers will be impressed. Jason said he's been cleaning his room all day, but I just went up there, and I didn't see much progress in evidence.
2. As evidence in a court proceeding. The attorney handed the judge the documents so she could admit them in evidence.
give evidence of something
to show signs of something; to give proof of something. You are going to have to give evidence of your good faith in this matter. A nominal deposit would be fine. She gave evidence of being prepared to go to trial, so we settled the case.
much in evidence
Cliché very visible or evident. John was much in evidence during the conference. Your influence is much in evidence. I appreciate your efforts.
1. Also, much in evidence. Plainly visible, conspicuous, as in The car's new dents were very much in evidence. [Second half of 1800s]
2. As testimony in a court of law, as in The attorney submitted the photograph in evidence. [c. 1700]
in ˈevidencepresent and clearly seen: There were very few local people in evidence at the meeting. ♢ What’s the matter with John? His sense of humour hasn’t been much in evidence recently.
turn King’s/Queen’s ˈevidence(British English) (American English turn State’s ˈevidence) give information against other criminals in order to get a less severe punishment: One of the gang turned State’s evidence and identified at least three others involved in the fraud.
n. liquor. (Usually with the. Incorporated into a suggestion that the evidence be destroyed by drinking it.) There is only one thing to do with evidence like this, and that’s drink it.
1. Plainly visible; to be seen: It was early, and few pedestrians were in evidence on the city streets.
2. Law As legal evidence: submitted the photograph in evidence.
turn state's evidence
To give such testimony in court.