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out of turn

Definition of out of turn

  1. 1 :  not at the time one is expected to do something according to a set order <She rolled the dice out of turn.>

  2. 2 :  at a wrong or improper time or place <Excuse me for speaking out of turn, but I don't believe you are treating him fairly.>



Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  in a direction away from the inside or center

    :  outside

    :  from among others

  1. :  eject, oust

    :  to identify publicly as being such secretly

    :  to identify as being a closet homosexual

  1. : used as a function word to indicate an outward movement

  1. :  situated outside :  external

    :  out-of-bounds

    :  situated at a distance :  outlying

  1. :  outside

    :  one who is out of office or power or on the outside

    :  an act or instance of putting a player out or of being put out in baseball

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  1. :  to cause to move around an axis or a center :  make rotate or revolve

    :  to cause to move around so as to effect a desired end (as of locking, opening, or shutting)

    :  to affect or alter the functioning of (as a mechanical device) or the level of (as sound) by such movement

  1. :  the action or an act of turning about a center or axis :  revolution, rotation

    :  any of various rotating or pivoting movements in dancing or gymnastics

    : :  the action or an act of giving or taking a different direction :  change of course or posture : as


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