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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.
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in evidence

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.
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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.
See also: evidence, give, of

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.
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in evidence

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]
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in ˈevidence

present 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.
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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.
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evidence

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.

in evidence

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.
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turn state's evidence

To give such testimony in court.
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References in classic literature ?
Miss Howard's evidence, unimportant as it was, had been given in such a downright straightforward manner that it had never occurred to me to doubt her sincerity.
I saw the official caution "Anything you say will be used in evidence against you," actually hovering on Summerhaye's lips.
In Europe we have the plainest evidence of the cold period, from the western shores of Britain to the Oural range, and southward to the Pyrenees.
41 deg to the southernmost extremity, we have the clearest evidence of former glacial action, in huge boulders transported far from their parent source.
Did anyone see Nikolay at the time that Koch and Pestryakov were going upstairs at first, and is there no evidence about that?
Even Koch and Pestryakov did not notice them on their way upstairs, though, indeed, their evidence could not have been worth much.
The finding of the knife was verified, the advertisement minutely describing it and offering a reward for it was put in evidence, and its exact correspondence with that description proved.
The inquiry being, so far, at an end, the inquest was adjourned--on the chance of obtaining additional evidence, when the reported proceedings were read by the public.
He had lost the best part of his income by the evidence of his wife, and yet was daily upbraided by her for having, among other things, been the occasion of depriving her of that benefit; but such was his fortune, and he was obliged to submit to it.
Having identified the Declaration, the Sheriff-Substitute--being cross-examined by the Dean of Faculty (as counsel for the defense)--continued his evidence in these words:
Give your evidence,' said the King; `and don't be nervous, or I'll have you executed on the spot.
These precautions enabled the coroner and jury to settle the question of identity, and to confirm the correctness of the servant's assertion; the evidence offered by competent witnesses, and by the discovery of certain facts, being subsequently strengthened by an examination of the dead man's watch.
The evidence of the porter went further than anything else towards the success of Lebedeff in gaining the assistance of the police.