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flip the script

To change or reverse something dramatically. Wow, they really flipped the script on their opponents after the intermission. The score went from 0-3 to 5-3!
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

flip the script

1. tv. to lie; to change one’s story. The guy flips the script depending on whose listening.
2. tv. to reverse positions in a situation; to turn the tables on someone. Now he’s the one who’s in trouble! That’s really flipping the script!
See also: flip, script
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
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