turn the tide


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turn the tide

Fig. to cause a reversal in the direction of events; to cause a reversal in public opinion. It looked as if the team were going to lose, but near the end of the game, our star player turned the tide. At first, people were opposed to our plan. After a lot of discussion, we were able to turn the tide.
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turn the tide

to completely change the direction of something The new medicine turned the tide for my father, and he was out of the hospital in a few days. Better rifles for the army helped turn the tide of the war.
Usage notes: usually said about a condition, opinion, or process
See also: tide, turn

turn the tide

to change a situation or people's opinions to the opposite of what they were before The government had planned cuts in the armed forces, but when war broke out, the military saw a chance to turn the tide.
See also: tide, turn
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He believes that recent court rulings striking down state-sponsored Commandments displays in several states will turn the tide in his favor.
The story tells how a much weaker Britain, only days away from surrendering under German bombing, leveraged television researchers, a bunch of radio hobbyists, and a few eccentric mathematicians to turn the tide, and ended up dropping over a thousand times the tonnage of bombs on Germany (with American help) as Germany dropped on Britain.
However, AFS is optimistic that this court case will turn the tide of this issue in the industry's favor.
When it began, those in charge said it could take 10, 15, or 20 years to turn the tide against drugs.
In World War I (1914-1918) and again in World War II (1939-1945), the nation was a reluctant, late-coming warrior--but one that helped to turn the tide.
But it's not too late to turn the tide, Danson says.
Wolfe shows that Henri only took the final step in 1593, when the impatience of loyalist Catholics became obvious and threatened to turn the tide of events against him.
Your Poem RESPECT 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 may be 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
RUSSIA helped turn the tide of the Second World War in January 1944 when the Red Army broke the blockade of Leningrad, which had been besieged by German forces since July 1941.
This is a movement that we say will turn the tide of this oppressive legislation.
ON June 6,1944,over 5,300 ships and 11,000 planes crossed the channel to land on the beaches of Normandy to turn the tide of the war.
The Normandy invasion stands as an historic achievement, in which the forces of freedom, at great risk and sacrifice, joined together to turn the tide of war against fascism.
Also working to turn the tide are a patchwork of private, state and governmental organizations, including the Alliance for Affordable Energy and the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana.
She would face a Canute-like task to turn the tide of public perception which sees the Royals as a rather dysfunctional family which at best encourages the tourist trade.