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turn someone or something against someone or something

to cause someone to defy or revolt against someone or something; to make someone antagonistic toward someone or something. He turned the whole board against Molly. She turned the city council against the proposed law.
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turn against somebody

to change from supporting to opposing someone A lot of his supporters turned against him.
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turn somebody/something against somebody/something

to cause someone or something to oppose someone or something else He took all of our proposals and turned them against us. Advisors have been trying to turn the president against increased military spending.
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turn against

Become or make antagonistic to, as in Adolescents often turn against their parents, but only temporarily, or She turned him against his colleagues by telling him they were spying on him. [First half of 1800s]
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turn against

v.
1. To change one's actions or attitudes to be against someone or something; become hostile or antagonistic toward someone or something: The peasants turned against the cruel ruler.
2. To cause someone or something to act or go against someone or something; make someone or something antagonistic toward someone or something: The scandal turned public opinion against the candidate. They turned my family against me.
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He is out for what he can get and will turn against the Government when it outlives its usefulness to him.
Speaking publicly for the first time since he agreed to turn against other corrupt cops, Perez struggled to explain to the court, his wife and his absent former comrades what turned an idealistic young Marine from Philadelphia into a renegade lawman.
The lawsuit also cites evidence that the Japanese captors had plans to murder all Allied prisoners should the war turn against Japan.
In the Western media I hear some speculation or hope that as the damage mounts, anger will turn against the government.
The new set of 26 monsters provides ample opportunities for combat, but crafty adventurers can motivate monsters to turn against each other.
The Valley Industry and Commerce Association is the most prominent business group in the city to turn against the proposal for a new City Charter, which has been submitted to the City Council for approval even though many details still are up in the air.
Constitutional safeguards ensured that our elected leaders exercised their power regardless of public opinion polls and ensured there could be no ``constitutional coup d'etat'' by granting the president a Senate trial where Democrats in significant numbers would have to turn against him for a conviction and ouster to occur.
Instead, it's the social turn against firearms and a stack of government regulations that make it tough for a small gun business to keep going.
It used to take time for people to turn against a hit movie - as with these three films, any of which would be a suitable companion piece to ``The Lost World.
Democrats instead are hoping that once James Cole, the special counsel investigating Gingrich, can publicly make his case during the next two weeks, public opinion will so turn against the speaker that even Republicans will be forced to vote for a stiff punishment - one more severe than the relatively mild reprimand the committee is now believed to be contemplating.
I think it's important to get on the record why the candidates selected me to moderate so if the debate goes wrong for someone, they don't turn against me and blame me for what goes wrong,'' Fox said.
Susan McDougal, facing a jail term after being convicted of fraud charges, says Whitewater prosecutors are pressuring her to turn against President Clinton.