turn state's evidence

idiom
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of turn state's evidence

US, law
: to agree to give the court information (such as the names of other criminals) when charged with a crime in order to reduce one's own punishment

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

state play
  1. : mode or condition of being

  2. : condition of mind or temperament

  3. : a condition of abnormal tension or excitement

  1. : to set by regulation or authority

  2. : to express the particulars of especially in words : report

evidence play
  1. : an outward sign : indication

  2. : something that furnishes proof : testimony

  3. : one who bears witness

  1. : to offer evidence of : prove, evince


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