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To alternate doing something; to do something in succession, one person or thing after another. Please take turns instead of everyone talking at once. My brother and I took turns going down the slide.
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((at) doing something) and take turns (at something); take turns (with something) [for two or more people] to alternate in doing something. Let's take turns with mowing the lawn. Do you want to take turns at answering the telephone?
(with something) Go to take turns ((at) doing something).
take turns with someone
to alternate [doing something] with someone. We both can't be there at the same time. I'll take turns with you. You have to take turns with your brother.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
Alternate, as in Since there is only one horse, Beth and Amanda are taking turns riding. This phrase uses turn in the sense of "one of a series of actions done in succession." [Late 1300s] Also see in turn.
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take ˈturns doing something/to do something(British English also take it in ˈturns to do something) do something one person after another: My wife and I take it in turns to write to our daughter in Canada. ♢ There weren’t enough computers for everybody, so we had to take turns using them.
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