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not know where to turn

1. To not have a source of aid or support that is readily available, apparent, or reliable. We were so crippled by debt that we didn't know where to turn. I just haven't known where to turn since my parents died.
2. To not have any idea about what to do next or about something. I don't know where to turn—we've tried everything we can think of to fix the login issue, but it's still there! And so I found myself alone in Las Vegas, with no car, no cell phone, and no money. I didn't know where to turn.
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not know where to turn

 and not know which way to turn
to have no idea about what to do (about something). I was so confused I didn't know where to turn. We needed help, but we didn't know which way to turn.
See also: know, not, to, turn
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

not know where to turn

Also, not know which way to jump or turn . Have no idea of how to get help or what course to take. For example, With all these offers coming in, he didn't know where to turn, or When her car was towed, Meg was distraught and did not know which way to jump. The first phrase dates from about 1400.
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

not know which way/where to ˈturn

not know what to do, where to get help, etc. in a difficult situation: She didn’t know where to turn for help when her daughter started taking drugs.
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