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or turn round British

  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] to stop being unsuccessful and to start being successful, or to make something do this

    The £400 million loan will help turn the Russian economy around.

  2. 2
    [transitive] to complete a piece of work, process, or activity within a particular time

    We can produce quality work and turn it around very quickly.

  3. 3
    [transitive] to consider or express something in a different way

    If you turn this argument around, you'll see that it's equally valid.

  4. 4
    turn around and do something to react to something, especially in a way that is surprising or not helpful

    It was your idea, so don't turn around and say you're too busy.

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