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the turn of the year

At or near the end of one year and the beginning of another. The turn of the year is always my busiest period as that's when our annual audit takes place. It's a little strange because their new fiscal year starts in March, unlike most companies who start theirs at the turn of the year.
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the turn of the century

At or near the end of one century and the beginning of another. At the turn of the 20th century, the introduction of factory electrification caused a huge boom in manufacturing. Scientists predict we won't see artificial intelligence that sophisticated until the turn of the century.
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turn of the century

the time when the year changes to one with two final zeros, such as from 1899 to 1900. (Although technically incorrect-a new century begins with the year ending in 01—most people ignore this.) My family moved to America at the turn of the century. My uncle was born before the turn of the last century.
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turn of the century

The beginning or end of a particular century, as in That idiom dates from the turn of the century, that is to say, about 1900. This expression was first recorded in 1926.
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the ˌturn of the ˈcentury/ˈyear

the time when a new century/year starts: He was born around the turn of the century.
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century note

n. a one-hundred-dollar bill. (see also C-note.) I got a couple of century notes for driving these guys home from the bank.
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In the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries the choreographies were designed to be viewed from all sides.
In the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries dance increasingly moved onto a stage, which meant that one side only was the front, and that the focus of the performers' attention had to be directed out from the dance space into the body of the hall.
This close similarity in design principles between the horticultural and kinetic arts existed right through the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries and continued into the seventeenth century.
Geometric Schemes for Plant Beds and Gardens: A Contribution to the History of the Garden in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries.
Berlin's vision in Many Thousands Gone is bifocal, in the sense that he simultaneously tracks the people who were enslaved as well as the institution of slavery that appears in the book's title; the book might well have been subtitled The First Two Centuries of North America's Enslaved.
McBeth, The Baptist Heritage: Four Centuries of Baptist Witness (Nashville: Broadman Press, 1954), 768.
72; Rudi Matthee, "Exotic Substances: the Introduction and Global Spread of Tobacco, Coffee, Cocoa, Tea and Distilled Liquor, Sixteenth to Eighteenth Centuries," in Roy Porter and Mikulas Teich, eds.
Wills, "European Consumption and Asian production in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries," in Consumption and the World of Goods, John Brewer and Roy Porter, eds.
Smith, "From Coffeehouse to Parlour: the consumption of coffee, tea and sugar in north-western Europe in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries," in Jordan Goodman, Paul E.
Guild and clandestine labor had coexisted for centuries without undoing the supremacy of the former.
As police reports from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries show, the Place, along with the market of Les Halles, attracted much of the flotsam and jetsam of the urban populace: members of the "laboring classes" like the stonemasons, but also the so-called "dangerous classes"-an elusive cl assification that included criminals and the indigent.
69] But even aside from this, the stonemasons were a familiar part of Paris' social landscape in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries due to their presence at the hiring fair, because they worked in plain view on many of the capital's great construction projects, were marked by distinctive habits and resided in the notorious boardinghouses of the central city.
By the 1830s, police had developed a near preoccupation with the Place de Greve, though spying on crowds had occurred there for centuries.
Representational, political, economic, demographic and centralizing developments converged in the late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries to render the Place de Greve a contentious setting and the migrant stonemasons who attended its daily hiring fair a suspicious population.
Together, these fascinating books depict a significant expansion of epistolary culture in the French-speaking world between the sixteenth and nineteenth centuries.