turn round and (do something)

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Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of turn round and (do something)

chiefly British, informal
:to act in an unexpected or surprising way by doing (something specified)
  • He just turned round and left school.

Word by Word Definitions

turn play
  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

round play
  1. : having every part of the surface or circumference equidistant from the center

  2. : cylindrical

  3. : approximately round

  1. : around

  1. : something (such as a circle, globe, or ring) that is round

  2. : a knot of people

  3. : a circle of things

  1. : to make round

  2. : to make (the lips) round and protruded (as in the pronunciation of \ü\)

  3. : to pronounce with lip rounding : labialize

  1. : around

  2. : all during : throughout

  1. : whisper

  2. : to speak to in a whisper

do play
  1. : to bring to pass : carry out

  2. : put

  3. : perform, execute

  1. : fuss, ado

  2. : deed, duty

  3. : a festive get-together : affair, party

  1. : the first tone of the major scale in solfège

something play
  1. : some indeterminate or unspecified thing

  2. : some indeterminate amount more than a specified number

  3. : a person or thing of consequence

  1. : in some degree : somewhat

  2. used as an intensive giving adverbial force to an adjective


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