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in turn

in the appropriate point in the series or order; when one's turn comes. Someone has to wash the dishes after every meal. All of us will have to do it in turn. All three of them shared the task of carrying water in turn.
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in turn

1. one after the other She spoke to each of the guests in turn.
2. (slightly formal) as an equal or related effect Yiddish has borrowed words from German, and German has in turn borrowed from Russian. The agency wants to put pressure on local business people, so they, in turn, will put pressure on state officials.
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in turn

Also, in turns. In the proper order or in sequence; also, one at a time. For example, Each generation in turn must deal with the same budget problems, or Someone must be awake at all times, so let's sleep in turns. [Late 1500s] Also see out of turn; take turns.
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References in classic literature ?
The Grandmother had herself carried-- or, rather, wheeled--through each room in turn, in order that she might subject the whole to a close and attentive scrutiny; while the landlord--an elderly, bald-headed man--walked respectfully by her side.
But if there are no openings," she had interrupted, in turn, "how did those who are in, get in?
As they sat at the feast, each guest in turn was asked to tell a tale; the bride sat still and did not say a word.
Tars Tarkas and the other warriors had entered and were standing over the now rapidly reviving brute which had saved my life, and whose life I, in turn, had rescued.
He kept entering everyone's room in turn (whether invited thither or not), and, seating himself smilingly upon a chair, would sometimes say something, and sometimes not utter a word, but get up and go out again.
As each of us was presented in turn he acknowledged the fact with a profound bow in the Oriental manner, but with nothing of Oriental gravity.