turn against (someone or something)

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turn against (someone or something)

1. To defy, revolt against, or become antagonistic toward someone or something. The majority of his supporters turned against him after he failed to keep his election promises. Polls indicate that voters have turned against the proposed legislation.
2. To make or cause someone or something to defy, revolt against, or become antagonistic toward someone or something. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "turn" and "against." The company's unscrupulous move has turned even their most loyal customers against them. Can't you see that he's trying to turn Jim against you?
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turn someone or something against someone or something

to cause someone to defy or revolt against someone or something; to make someone antagonistic toward someone or something. He turned the whole board against Molly. She turned the city council against the proposed law.
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turn against

Become or make antagonistic to, as in Adolescents often turn against their parents, but only temporarily, or She turned him against his colleagues by telling him they were spying on him. [First half of 1800s]
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turn against

v.
1. To change one's actions or attitudes to be against someone or something; become hostile or antagonistic toward someone or something: The peasants turned against the cruel ruler.
2. To cause someone or something to act or go against someone or something; make someone or something antagonistic toward someone or something: The scandal turned public opinion against the candidate. They turned my family against me.
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The world hated me and the feeling was mutual," whines Brad in a running commentary slathered in self-loathing that threatens to turn us against him too.
Now, at a time when corporate America and society in general are beginning to embrace diversity and inclusion like never before, our community, which was born with those issues in our body politic, has reverted to words and actions that seem to turn us against ourselves.
Extremists plot to turn us against each other and set individual against individual, community against community, faith against faith.
Donald Trump demagogically tries to turn us against each other, targeting Mexicans, Muslims, women, and whomever.
It plays right into the hands of terrorists who want to turn us against one another; who need a reason to recruit more people to their hateful cause.
Let that be the final irony," she added, "The extremists who sought to tear apart our social fabric and turn us against each other, actually bring us closer together.
I assure you that there isn't a higher price for us than the realization of national goals and no money can turn us against our friends who laid down their lives for a single cause --Greater Albania," he said.
Without naming anyone, Platini said: "Certain people are perhaps trying to turn us against each other, seeking to divide and rule.
We are not going to let anyone exploit this issue to turn us against the government.
Young did not mention Miller-Young by name, did not address either the outrageousness of her actions or the inanity of her logic, and instead aimed most of his fire at "outsiders coming into our midst to provoke us, to taunt us and attempt to turn us against one another as they promote personal causes and agendas.
I think women feel so much pressure these days and it can turn us against each other.
One of Dubus's great talents is his ability to shift our allegiances, to inspire our affection for obnoxious men, turn us against them and then finally bring us back with enlarged sympathies.
The BNP's Nick Griffin - the David Brent of British fascism has used this to try to turn us against each other.
With rabbinical leaders like these speaking up for me, my daughter and her family, all of us--secular and religious alike--just might have a chance of joining forces to reform the black sheep in our family, instead of letting them turn us against each other.
We must re-educate ourselves to escape the lies that turn us against each other and stop blaming women's fertility as the culprit of environmental degradation.