the worm turns

Definition of the worm turns

informal

  1. —used to talk about how a situation can suddenly change so that a person who has been weak, unlucky, unsuccessful, etc., can become strong, lucky, successful, etc. The worm turns quickly in the world of politics. Some investors believe that the worm has turned, and that the economy is getting better.

Word by Word Definitions

wormplay
  1. :  earthworm

    :  an annelid worm

    :  any of numerous relatively small elongated usually naked and soft-bodied animals (as a grub, pinworm, tapeworm, shipworm, or slowworm)

  1. :  to move or proceed sinuously or insidiously

    :  to proceed or make (one's way) insidiously or deviously

    :  to insinuate or introduce (oneself) by devious or subtle means

turnplay turns
  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 (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

    :  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 : such as


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