turn for the better

turn for the better

1. noun A change (as in, e.g., circumstance, disposition, a situation, etc.) that ultimately leads to or results in a more positive situation or outcome. He has started drinking a lot less, which is definitely a turn for the better. Moving overseas was a huge undertaking, but I feel like it was a turn for the better in the end.
2. verb To begin to change in a way that ultimately leads to or results in a more positive situation or outcome. Ever since her divorce, Mary has really turned for the better. The new prime minister is turning the country's foreign policy for the better.
See also: better, turn

turn for the better

Also, turn for the worse. See under take a turn for the better.
See also: better, turn
References in classic literature ?
I beg and implore this of you, for it will not be long before you see things take a turn for the better. You will but spoil your life if you constantly lament another person's sorrow.
But when the boat steamed out of Charlottetown harbor things took a turn for the better. The rain ceased and the sun began to burst out goldenly now and again between the rents in the clouds, burnishing the gray seas with copper-hued radiance, and lighting up the mists that curtained the Island's red shores with gleams of gold foretokening a fine day after all.
Weather took a turn for the better for Karachi residents early on Monday, however shortly after the rain began, several areas of the city faced power outage.
I pray that the fortunes of my village take a turn for the better and it gets a functioning high school and a clinic.
The 23-year-old and whose own fortunes have taken a turn for the better with interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer restoring him to the first team since the sacking of Jose Mourinho and bought 40 hampers worth more than pound250 apiece.
After two years of non-stop Trumping, US politics has finally taken a turn for the better.
"Twite fortunes have taken a turn for the better in the Ogwen valley following meetings between RSPB officers and farmers in Nant Ffrancon," said Ms Gwenllian.
But her luck took a turn for the better as Arellano University owner Pete Cayco quickly offered her a scholarship for their high school team.
Tahir-ul-Qadri on Monday lauded decision of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) to take Babar Awan as their lead counsel in Panamagate case and said the case will turn for the better now.
Driver turnover takes a slight turn for the better. While truck driver turnover rates remain very high, things at least got a little better in the first quarter based on American Trucking Associations (ATA) data.
e weather then took a turn for the better and the competition was played in an excellent spirit.
However, his summer takes a turn for the better when he meets and falls in love with a co-worker (Kristen Stewart).
If sentiment surrounding Premier (and the oil sector as a whole) were to take a turn for the better the stock would likely look very good value indeed.
I know a lot of people are struggling, but there is a real sense that things are taking a turn for the better.
As Haddin departs to lead an Australia A squad in three matches before the main event of the English summer, he, however, said that would not have gone anywhere and may have even left the game altogether if circumstances did not turn for the better, adding that he is lucky to get a second chance back in the game to keep on challenging himself to be a better cricketer.