give (one) a turn

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give (one) a turn

1. Literally, to allow one to take a turn doing something. Make sure you give your brother a turn with the new game.
2. To startle or scare one. That giant spider in the basement really gave me a turn—I can hardly breathe!
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give somebody a ˈturn

(old-fashioned) frighten or shock somebody: You gave me quite a turn, creeping up on me like that!
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