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turn the tide

To change or reverse something dramatically. Wow, they really turned the tide on their opponents by scoring 20 unanswered points! The votes in the swing state may turn the tide in this election.
See also: tide, turn

turn the tide

Fig. to cause a reversal in the direction of events; to cause a reversal in public opinion. It looked as if the team were going to lose, but near the end of the game, our star player turned the tide. At first, people were opposed to our plan. After a lot of discussion, we were able to turn the tide.
See also: tide, turn
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This is the year in which we will turn the tide of corruption in our public institutions," he said, while attacking the "plunder of public resources" by South African politicians and business people.
This is a global problem and a global shame, and we're grateful to have the support of the Turn the Tide on Plastic crew to take this message far and wide.
Overcoming this hesitation would help turn the tide of feminism.
Though today's "citizen creditors" buying up "Patriot Bonds" are unlikely to turn the tide in the war on terrorism, they do exemplify a reserve of trust between citizen and government that is a sure measure of national power, and that depends on the will of the people.
In a close election there is no question that the gay vote can and does turn the tide, and Pataki is well aware of that," says Craig Rimmerman, a professor of political science at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, N.
Nobody much-noticed him as we almost lost the battle for Canada and it was the young turbot from Newfoundland who had the moxy to pull off the Canada Day celebration that turned, enough heads, at the last minute to turn the tide.
While this sneak attack did take its toll, followed by the stunning destruction of the Pacific fleet in other early battles, the Americans were eventually able to turn the tide.
THE Scottish soldiers who helped turn the tide in World War II are planning a final reunion to mark their greatest victory.
Participants of the Center's new, web-based Turn the Tide program follow "nine little actions" to reduce their personal impact on the environment.
He believes that recent court rulings striking down state-sponsored Commandments displays in several states will turn the tide in his favor.
The story tells how a much weaker Britain, only days away from surrendering under German bombing, leveraged television researchers, a bunch of radio hobbyists, and a few eccentric mathematicians to turn the tide, and ended up dropping over a thousand times the tonnage of bombs on Germany (with American help) as Germany dropped on Britain.
However, AFS is optimistic that this court case will turn the tide of this issue in the industry's favor.
When it began, those in charge said it could take 10, 15, or 20 years to turn the tide against drugs.
In World War I (1914-1918) and again in World War II (1939-1945), the nation was a reluctant, late-coming warrior--but one that helped to turn the tide.