the turn of the century/year

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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.
See also: century, of, turn

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.
See also: century, of, turn

the ˌturn of the ˈcentury/ˈyear

the time when a new century/year starts: He was born around the turn of the century.
See also: century, of, turn, year
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It was more like hearing him yawn in his sleep than seeing him rise, and the glare lasted for only a few minutes, but it marked the turn of the year.
The 2015 National Clinical Excellence Awards results will be announced around the turn of the year.
I was brought to Celtic to score goals and I've started to do that since the turn of the year.
CHANNEL 4 RACING has played down a fall in viewing figures for both live racing and The Morning Line since its revamped coverage started at the turn of the year, writes Bill Barber.
The Journal can reveal that United, who consciously avoided being drawn into the hunt for a centre-back over the summer, have begun scouting options for that position, some four months before the transfer window opens at the turn of the year.
8 December 2009 -- Bio-refiners Ensus Ltd expects to begin to manufacture bioethanol and high protein animal feed at the largest wheat refinery in Europe at the turn of the year.
Summary: Chancellor says Britain's economy will start to grow again around the turn of the year.
Now today, another Darling whose political party has led us into another type of conflict, a financial one, is feeding us the same sort of what we used to call "bull", that come the turn of the year the financial war will be over.
Cables will be looking for a double over Bur-scough after a 3-2 away win at the turn of the year, Carl Rendell, with two goals, and Karl Connolly their scorers.
McNamee is expected to be out until the turn of the year with an Achilles injury
WITHOUT a win since the turn of the year, Rugby United go to high flying Aylesbury United looking for a welcome change of fortunes.
17% of UK adults say Sainsbury is their main grocery store, down from 19% at the turn of the year.
Serious bass anglers who have been fishing in deep water all winter perk up and take notice when the first big bass is caught after the turn of the year.
5 percentage point in July, retreating further from the peak attained around the turn of the year.
Subject to the approval by the Extraordinary General Meeting of ALTANA AG on December 19/20, closing of the transaction is expected by December 29, 2006, the transfer of the business by the turn of the year.