turn (something) to account

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turn (something) to account

To gain or profit from something. I'm confident that I can turn this new invention of mine to account.
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When the CNT was first set up, its task, which was not changed until the first Thatcher Government took over in 1979, was simply to manage and turn to account in completing the town the assets taken over on winding up each development corporation.
Amelie pulled out her work and tried to turn to account the many hours in which he forced her to partner his monologues.