the tide turns

Definition of the tide turns

used to say that someone's luck is changed
  • The team was on a losing streak, but then the tide turned and they went on to win the championship.

Word by Word Definitions

tide play
  1. : the alternate rising and falling of the surface of the ocean and of water bodies (such as gulfs and bays) connected with the ocean that occurs usually twice a day and is the result of differing gravitational forces exerted at different parts of the earth by another body (such as the moon or sun)

  2. : a less marked rising and falling of an inland body of water

  3. : a periodic movement in the earth's crust caused by the same forces that produce ocean tides

  1. : to flow as or in a tide : surge

  2. : to cause to float with or as if with the tide

  1. : betide, befall

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

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

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

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

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

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


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