take a turn for the better

take a turn for the better

To improve in condition, especially quickly or suddenly. Thankfully he's taken a turn for the better—the doctors weren't sure he'd survive for a while there. My day took a turn for the better when I found out I had gotten the job.
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take a turn for the better

to start to improve; to start to get well. She was very sick for a month; then suddenly she took a turn for the better. Things are taking a turn for the better at my store. I may make a profit this year.
See also: better, for, take, turn
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

take a turn for the better

Improve, as in We thought she was on her deathbed but now she's taken a turn for the better. The antonym is take a turn for the worse, meaning "get worse, deteriorate," as in Unemployment has been fairly low lately, but now the economy's taken a turn for the worse . This idiom employs turn in the sense of "a reversal," a usage dating from about 1600.
See also: better, for, take, turn
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.

take a ˌturn for the ˈbetter/ˈworse

become better/worse: The weather is taking a turn for the worse, I’m afraid.
See also: better, for, take, turn, worse
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