turn of the tide

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turn of the tide

A reversal of fortune, as in This last poll marked the turn of the tide, with our candidate gaining a sizable majority. Similarly, to turn the tide means "reverse a situation," as in The arrival of reinforcements turned the tide in the battle. This idiom transfers the ebb and flow of the ocean's tides to human affairs. Although the idea is much older, the precise idiom dates from the first half of the 1800s.
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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.
Summary: Johannesburg [South Africa], Feb 17 (ANI): Newly-elected South African President Cyril Ramaphosa on Friday pledged for an economic and political turnaround and appealed to the citizens that the country was entering a new dawn and promised to turn the tide on corruption, according to media reports.
Lazzarini reiterated that the support has not been enough to turn the tide of refugees' deepening poverty and vulnerabilities affecting both Lebanese host communities and refugees.
In foreign fields our troops do roam We hope that soon you'll all be home From Waterloo to Normandy You fight for people to be free The battles maybe on air, sea or land You're there to give a helping hand Just now you feel life is pretty rotten But believe me, back home, you're never forgotten So wear your uniform with pride And soon you'll be able to turn the tide When duty's done, you've done your best It'll be time to come home for a well-earned rest Walk down the street with your head held high It wasn't for you to reason why
The Dubai Health Authority (DHA) is trying to turn the tide and lessen the huge number of heart patients in the country by educating people on how to take care of their health.
5million Alejandro Faurlin, but it wasn't enough to turn the tide and Jim Magilton's side are still winless.
Nyuki were losing to local rivals Socozaki when their goalkeeper advanced up the pitch and tried to use a spell to turn the tide of the match, it was claimed.
But it's going to take more than this to turn the tide.
The next meeting of the Children and Young People Scrutiny Committee will hear how the council, in partnership with the Primary Care Trust (PCT), is attempting to turn the tide.
Dragons' heads began to drop when Tigers scored their third try through James Buckland, and they desperately threw on Colin Charvis to try to turn the tide.
In India, however, a group of people involved with Initiatives of Change (IofC) have launched a national campaign to turn the tide against corruption, injustice, poverty and disregard for the environment.
GCS does relentless polling and focus-group work to try to turn the tide.
But when a grizzly bear corners the other children and threatens to eat them, Boomer uses his gift to turn the tide and save the day.
Entitled Storms and Floods, Helping to turn the Tide Guide, the 16-page booklet aims to put the problem of flooding into perspective as well as provide advice and information on how to limit the damage that severe weather can cause and what to expect from your insurer.
The attempt by the Germans to turn the tide of the war after D-Day resulted in some 80,000 American deaths while German casualties were thought to be twice that.