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turn into a pumpkin

To have to return home or go to bed due to the late hour of the night. (Usually used as a present participle, the phrase is a reference to the story of Cinderella, whose magic carriage turned into a pumpkin at midnight.) I've had a wonderful time, but I'm turning into a pumpkin. I think I'll call a cab and head home.
See also: pumpkin, turn
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So you can make it with bread, you can make pasta, you can make desserts out of it, you can even turn it into drinks, or like we had tonight we turned into a pumpkin beer or a pumpkin cocktail'"