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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.
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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.
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For southerner, History is as much a pastime as bourbon-drinking, and football: even all these years distant, we can still wreck dinner parties with passionate arguments about whether Bragg or Forrest could have turned the tide.
Publications as concert band arrangement with CD, as well as an orchestral work, "Inchon" is a stirring musical interpretation of the Inchon-Seoul campaign, the daring 1950 amphibious landing that turned the tide of the Korean War in favor of the United Nations and helped preserve freedom throughout much of Asia and the entire world.
In Italy, everybody loves the NBA,'' he said in his dressing room the Friday after Derek Fisher's last-second heroics turned the tide for the Lakers in their series with San Antonio.
One such moment came on July 4, 1863 when the Union, steadily losing the Civil War up to that point, suddenly turned the tide with two immense victories, at Gettysburg and Vickburg.
A series of inspired substitutions sparked three quick-fire tries which turned the tide in favour of the Scots.
But the American people, turned off by the failure of the Army Concept earlier, refused the necessary air and logistics help that turned the tide in 1972.
But as has happened in so many of the Ducks' games this season, a defensive breakdown turned the tide against them just as quickly.
Taking place on June 6, 1944, D-Day's Normandy Invasion ultimately turned the tide of history during the twentieth century.