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To turn the tables

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • To turn the tables to change the condition or fortune of contending parties; -- a metaphorical expression taken from the vicissitudes of fortune in gaming.
    • To turn the tables to reverse the chances or conditions of success or superiority; to give the advantage to the person or side previously at a disadvantage.
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Usage

In literature:

He dashed his hand upon the table, and stood so, scarce knowing which way to turn.
"The Mississippi Bubble" by Emerson Hough
But Mistress Fanny had quietly turned the tables on me, and I believe I was angry enough for the moment to wish it had not been so.
"Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science, Vol. XII. No. 30. September, 1873" by Various
The three scrutineers seat themselves at the large table with their backs turned to the altar, so that they face the assembly.
"Lippincott's Magazine Of Popular Literature And Science, April 1875, Vol. XV., No. 88" by Various
Mrs. Middlemist turned square to the table and fixed her eyes on the staked louis.
"Septimus" by William J. Locke
Then he turned to the other table and stood watching the play.
"The Story of the Foss River Ranch" by Ridgwell Cullum
Angela was having her breakfast at a little table by the window, and at Laura's entrance she turned to her with a sigh of evident relief.
"The Wheel of Life" by Ellen Anderson Gholson Glasgow
She turned to the watchers about the table, but they said nothing.
"Roof and Meadow" by Dallas Lore Sharp
I looked at Pa on the table and he began to turn pale, and he squirmed around to get up, but found he was fast.
"Peck's Compendium of Fun" by George W. Peck
Thanks to Nance, he had turned the tables on them.
"A Maid of the Silver Sea" by John Oxenham
He turned to his table to write the ship-master's letter.
"Lazarre" by Mary Hartwell Catherwood
I decided to turn the tables on him, if I could manage it.
"The Jervaise Comedy" by J. D. Beresford
Caroline, who was writing some letters at the table, turned to Rebecca, in her usual place on the sofa.
"Famous Modern Ghost Stories" by Various
Come, father, I turn the tables on you and ask you to aid rather than resist me in this matter.
"Blown to Bits" by Robert Michael Ballantyne
He took from the table a rumpled paper and turned to the littlest factor in the great Rebellion.
"The Littlest Rebel" by Edward Peple
Turning, then, to the table of wages, it will be easy to ascertain his position.
"The Reign of Henry the Eighth, Volume 1 (of 3)" by James Anthony Froude
He rose also, and he was about to lift his hat from the table, when he suddenly turned to her.
"Macleod of Dare" by William Black
The last critical phase of the operation arrived, and she lifted the saucepan from the fire and turned round with it to the table.
"The Odds" by Ethel M. Dell
Harry Luttrell placed the book upon a table and turned to Joan.
"The Summons" by A.E.W. Mason
In a moment, remembering the letter to which the phantom of his dream had pointed, he turned and took it from the table.
"Little Classics, Volume 8 (of 18)" by Various
With a sigh, he then turned to a table piled with papers and slates and apparently gave himself up to the duty they entailed.
"The Measure of a Man" by Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
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In poetry:

She moved the table of bottles
Away from the bed to the wall;
And tiptoeing gently over the stairs
Turned down the gas in the hall.
"Death In Leamington" by Sir John Betjeman
That's how we live, without forgetting,
Today it's him, tomorrow I.
The cup of death goes round the table
And each must wait his turn to die.
""That's how we live, without forgetting..."" by Konstantin Simonov
I would like to unlock that door,
turn the rusty key
and hold each fallen one in my arms
but I cannot, I cannot.
I can only sit here on earth
at my place at the table.
"Locked Doors" by Anne Sexton
The streets shall flock to your marriage,
The houses turn round to look,
The tables and chairs say suitable prayers,
And the horses drawing your carriage
Sing agreeably, agreeably, agreeably of love.
"Carry Her Over the Water" by W H Auden
The music mute,
The darkling lamps, the festal tables clear:--
Then,--glad as one who from pursuit
Breathes safe, and lets himself himself appear,--
Turns to the fireside jest, the laughing eyes,
The love without disguise,--
"A Home In The Palace" by Francis Turner Palgrave
Now someone driving through the rain will happen in, I bet;
So fill the fountain up again, and leave the table set.
For this was ours with pride to say—and all the world defy—
No stranger ever turned away, no neighbour passed us by.
"Around the Boree Log" by John O Brien

In news:

Not only that, they showed the ability to keep their poise and turn the tables on PHS whenever the Greenbacks made a play that seemed to change the momentum.
Last Dec 12, on the outskirts of Pecos, Texas, the immigrants doing time in the world's largest privately run prison decided to turn the tables on their captors.
But President Obama is trying to turn the tables.
Red-wine-brasied rabbit pasta turned out to be the table fave @peasantryeatery.
Last Dec 12, on the outskirts of Pecos, Texas, the immigrants doing time in the world's largest privately run prison decided to turn the tables on their captors.
In a move to turn the tables on his former employer.
Bobby Ferguson's lawyer tries to turn the tables on government witness.
No 11 South Carolina rides strong defense to turn the tables in rivalry with No 15 Clemson.
Pro-choice lawmakers try to turn the tables on abortion foes.
Local TV Stations Don't React Well When You Turn the Tables and Try to Film Them.
Turn the tables to find real equality.
A farmer in Nepal reportedly turned the tables on a venomous snake who bit him, chasing down the deadly cobra and biting it to death.
Everyone wants to get close to Prince William as his wedding approaches -- but it turns out the future king can't always get the restaurant table he wants.
Some local special needs students are turning the tables and becoming the ones to reach out and help others.
Well, six-year-old Michael Cooney turned the tables on his Marine dad, and made a video that's even likely to make you cry.
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In science:

Turning now to the A = 6 case, we present in table III our results for the ground state properties of the 6He, and 6Li nuclei.
6He beta-decay rate and the suppression of the axial constant in nuclear matter
However, adopting Dyson’s standpoint we now turn tables to view the symmetries as fundamental and given and the Hamiltonians as derived ob jects.
Symmetry Classes
In the case of the LBNL CCDs we are simulating, however, this turns out to be a good approximation because the preirradiation CTE is so high and the number of traps so low (see Table IV of D08).
The effects of charge transfer inefficiency (CTI) on galaxy shape measurements
Turning now to the SF coupling, we list our results for g 2 (L) in Table II and plot them in Fig. 4.
Running coupling and mass anomalous dimension of SU(3) gauge theory with two flavors of symmetric-representation fermions
This requirement turns to be very restrictive, forcing parameters to be fixed almost exactly to the Table 1 above.
On the map of Vogel's plane
Calls to those UDSFs utilize what-if data tables to execute the same part of a worksheet several times, thus turning it into a reusable function definition.
User Defined Spreadsheet Functions in Excel
It turns out (Brouwer and Beenakker, 1995b) that breaking time-reversal symmetry is not sufficient to suppress the weak-localization correction in an NS junction, but only reduces δGNS by about a factor of two (see Table III).
Random-Matrix Theory of Quantum Transport
Branching Ratio of ¯B o → D∗+ ℓ− ¯ν We next turn to measurements of the branching ratio of the pseudoscalar to vector transition ¯B o → D∗+ ℓ− ¯ν, shown in Table 4.
Prospects for B-Physics in the Next Decade
If it turns out that gamma-ray emission at Eγ < 100 keV (i.e., hard X-ray emission) is easier to detect, then the line at Eγ = 87.6 keV from the decay of 126Sn may merit attention (see Table 2).
Supernovae as the Site of the r-Process: Implications for Gamma-Ray Astronomy
Six (listed in Table 1; the spectra are shown in Fig. 1) turned out to be QSOs, while three are stars.
On the QSO content of the First Byurakan Survey and the completeness of the Palomar Green Survey
Higher-order multiples contribute less than about 1%, i.e. the tidal wobbling follows almost exactly a pure sine law at the double orbital frequency, while the quadruple approximation for the mean precession motion turns out to be more crude (see Table 2).
On the origin of X-ray dips in Her X-1
Instead, Table 4 lists the 20 ob jects which, the beginning of the searches up to the present time, turned out not to be supernovae.
The Asiago Supernova Catalogue- 10 years after
The latter can be regarded as additional predictions of our model which one could also replace by other phenomenological relations or data tables obtained from wind tunnel measurements if this turns out to be more suitable.
A Continuum Saltation Model for Sand Dunes
In our combination, the CDFI lepton+jets measurements and the externally calibrated CDF-II lepton+jets measurement turn out to be 54% correlated (see Table 2), while the Run-II measurement has almost half the error of the Run-I measurement (see Table 1).
Combination of CDF and D0 Results on the Top-Quark Mass
In order to correct for the use of the standard flux conversion tables, which are based on point source extraction, we applied a correction that accounts for the aperture loss due to the narrowing of the extracting column as a function of wavelength used by SSC and that in turn feeds back into the FLUXCON tables.
The Ages of Elliptical Galaxies from Infrared Spectral Energy Distributions
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