Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Acronyms, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.
The point at which some event, activity, situation, condition, etc., begins or is able to change or reverse course. Little did I know that the meeting would mark a major turning point in my career. We're hoping that this new medicine will prove to be a turning point in the treatment of her disease. The turning point came when the team's captain scored an amazing goal from midfield. After that, it seemed like all the momentum shifted to their side.
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.
Fig. a time when things may change; a point at which a change of course is possible or desirable. (Originally nautical. Fig. on the image of a ship approaching a point where a change of course has been planned. (*Typically: be at ~; come to ~; reach ~.) Things are at to a turning point. Bob can no longer afford the payments on his car. I think we have come to a turning point and there ought to be some improvement henceforth.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
- a bad apple spoils the (whole) barrel
- a rotten apple spoils the (whole) barrel
- a rotten apple spoils the (whole) bunch
- a rotten apple spoils the (whole) bushel
- one rotten apple spoils the (whole) barrel
- one rotten apple spoils the (whole) bunch
- one rotten apple spoils the (whole) bushel
- rotten apple spoils the barrel
- it takes one bad apple to spoil the (whole) bushel