turn of the century


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turn of the century

the time when the year changes to one with two final zeros, such as from 1899 to 1900. (Although technically incorrect-a new century begins with the year ending in 01—most people ignore this.) My family moved to America at the turn of the century. My uncle was born before the turn of the last century.
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turn of the century

The beginning or end of a particular century, as in That idiom dates from the turn of the century, that is to say, about 1900. This expression was first recorded in 1926.
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the ˌturn of the ˈcentury/ˈyear

the time when a new century/year starts: He was born around the turn of the century.
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The United States had more industrial accidents than any other industrialized country at the turn of the century, killing 35,000 workers and maiming 500,000 others every year.
At the turn of the century social provision was locally financed and locally administered.
Hopkins's novel provides a veritable kaleidoscope of African American attitudes toward Africa at the turn of the century.
Honoring this intriguing, almost magical number and linking it to this recent turn of the century, various lists of the best 100 books of these past 100 years have emerged.
Like about now, for example, at the turn of the century.
Only toward the end of the nineteenth century, as Italian bronze sculpture grew in popularity among collectors, does interest in Antico revive, spurred on by the archival research of Umberto Rossi, and then, just after the turn of the century, the stylistic surmises of Wilhelm Bode.
It was built around the turn of the century, large oak-framed windows, two sun porches.
At the turn of the century, a $1 gallon of syrup yielded $6.
If you were to mention "old-growth"to a Pacific Northwest logger around the turn of the century, he might have assumed you were referring to the luxuriant mustache that was a hallmark of his trade-along with "tin pants" held up by galluses (suspenders to city folk), and calk (spiked) boots.
Indeed, written accounts from the turn of the century indicate the Sonoran tribes enjoyed remarkably good health.
In her study of the Russian women's movement at the turn of the century Linda Edmundson has raised an issue pertinent to historians of Poland.
From Reconstruction to the turn of the century, the focus of African American discussions of property shifted from the issue of owning the self to placing more emphasis on owning and protecting from white violence and appropriation the forms of property that granted access to socioeconomic gain and political entitlement.
This ambitious exhibition, organized by the Moderna Museet's Cecilia Widenheim, brings together art, architecture, design, photography, and film in a panoramic survey of this (apparently) all-encompassing development from the turn of the century to 1960, when promotion of the social-democratic utopia reached its zenith.
The system was constructed at the turn of the century to supply high-pressure water to fight fires.