not know where to turn

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, turn

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.
See also: know, not, turn

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.
See also: know, not, turn, way
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Adams, his wife, and fifteen unfortunates who not only had no money but did not know where to turn or whither to go.
My whole former life--my life as a slave on the plantation, my work in the coal-mine, the times when I was without food and clothing, when I made my bed under a sidewalk, my struggles for an education, the trying days I had had at Tuskegee, days when I did not know where to turn for a dollar to continue the work there, the ostracism and sometimes oppression of my race,--all this passed before me and nearly overcame me.
Within his heartfelt suicide note to his sister it was clear that he simply did not know what to do when the builder kept on increasing his charges and did not know where to turn.
And if either of these conditions hit them, they do not know where to turn for help.
She said since the DILG and PNP did not respond to their request, they did not know where to turn to since the people who came to them were asking for help and protection.
He said that there was confusion among the frightened crowds who did not know where to turn.
Julia, who is based at the Skippers Lane Industrial Estate, said: "'e roadshow helps us to reach out to local communities and people who may not know where to turn for help.
IN RESPONSE to a speech made by Sajid Javid MP, Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport last week which is expected to address concerns about the kind of poor payment practices demonstrated by Premier Foods, The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) feels this move by the government will bring real and welcome relief to small firms which did not know where to turn.
Students may also not know where to turn to for help if they feel afraid or intimidated.
Roesslein adds, "All too often we see business professionals, especially financial advisors, have a need for marketing support but either do not know where to turn for help or cannot afford to work with a full scale agency.
While Selena Gomez has yet to meet her halfway so that they can be friends again, it is nice to know that Taylor Swift and the rest of her friends and family are willing to be there for Selena Gomez, even though the young singer-actress still does not know where to turn to.
I have run out of ideas and do not know where to turn for the best.
Two-fifths (40%) said they did not feel able to talk to their creditors and 44% did not know where to turn for help.
Carol Anne Jones, of the Alzheimer's Society, said: "The roadshow helps us to reach out to local communities and people who may not know where to turn for help.
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