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take turns

To alternate doing something; to do something in succession, one person or thing after another. Please take turns instead of everyone talking at once. My brother and I took turns going down the slide.
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take turns

((at) doing something) and take turns (at something); take turns (with something) [for two or more people] to alternate in doing something. Let's take turns with mowing the lawn. Do you want to take turns at answering the telephone?
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take turns

(with something) Go to take turns ((at) doing something).
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take turns with someone

to alternate [doing something] with someone. We both can't be there at the same time. I'll take turns with you. You have to take turns with your brother.
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take turns

Alternate, as in Since there is only one horse, Beth and Amanda are taking turns riding. This phrase uses turn in the sense of "one of a series of actions done in succession." [Late 1300s] Also see in turn.
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take ˈturns doing something/to do something

(British English also take it in ˈturns to do something) do something one person after another: My wife and I take it in turns to write to our daughter in Canada.There weren’t enough computers for everybody, so we had to take turns using them.
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They took turns to have small sips, just enough to keep their mouths and throats moist.
The sisters took turns swapping their mom's stories and remembering their grandpa, who had used spoons in imitation while telling them about his his Morse code skills.
New RDT company members Nathan Balser and Wen-chung Lin demonstrated remarkable strength and control as they took turns sliding underneath and past each other in a series of intricate floor movements.
Carl Edwards, Kurt Busch, Mark Martin and Greg Biffle took turns leading the race in the opening laps and collected the all-important five bonus points for doing so.
Some seemed to be clear references to iconic dance moments such as a Les Noces-like girl with braided hair so long it doubled as a tethering rope, and a Cafe Mueller-like pair who took turns slamming each other into a towering upstage wall, or DV8-styled bruising, tumbling interactions among men.
Seniors Darren Collison (point guard/Etiwanda) and Mike Roll (forward/Aliso Niguel), junior James Keefe (forward/Santa Margarita) and sophomore Taylor King (forward/Mater Dei of Santa Ana) each took turns providing UCLA fans with a glimpse of things to come, with the common thread being winning.
Body Tjak then proceeded through its four sections--Celebration of the Ancestors, the Body, the Spirit, and the Community--with lovingly detailed vignettes in which musicians and dancers took turns sharing the spotlight.
A West Covina man remained in critical condition Friday following a vicious attack by two chimps who took turns mauling him while his defenseless wife tried in vain to fight off the animals to save her husband.
Family members talked with each other while the children, from infants to teenagers, took turns sitting on Santa's lap and receiving their presents.
They and others took turns at center stage to express the music of their instruments in the amazing counterpoint of jazz.
They took turns shrieking in frustration after forehands gone long and slices too short in the deciding set.
A lot more people were applauding afterward, when, in the wake of one of the most thrilling games of the season, both teams took the field, then took turns doing the snap-signal drill and embraced.
When Read beckoned, the fan hurdled a barrier and charged into the lake, swimming out to hand off the Stars and Stripes to crew members, who took turns holding it aloft as they rowed along grandstands of cheering fans in Schinias, Greece.