take a turn for the better

take a turn for the better
take a turn for the better
to start to improve; to start to get well. •

She was very sick for a month; then suddenly she took a turn for the better.

Things are taking a turn for the better at my store. I may make a profit this year.

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{v. phr.} To start improving; start to get better. * /Aunt Hermione was very ill for a long time, but last week she suddenly took a turn for the better./

Dictionary of American idioms. 2013.

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  • take a turn for the better — {v. phr.} To start improving; start to get better. * /Aunt Hermione was very ill for a long time, but last week she suddenly took a turn for the better./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • take a turn for the worse — See: FOR THE WORSE. Contrast: TAKE A TURN FOR THE BETTER …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • take a turn for the worse — See: FOR THE WORSE. Contrast: TAKE A TURN FOR THE BETTER …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • for the better — {adj.} or {adv. phr.} With a better result; for something that is better. * /The doctor felt that moving Father to a dry climate would be for the better./ * /The new large print in the book is a change for the better./ Compare: TAKE A TURN.… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • for the better — {adj.} or {adv. phr.} With a better result; for something that is better. * /The doctor felt that moving Father to a dry climate would be for the better./ * /The new large print in the book is a change for the better./ Compare: TAKE A TURN.… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • take a turn — {v. phr.} To become different; change. * /Mary s fever suddenly took a bad turn./ * /The story took an odd turn./ Often used with for the better or for the worse . * /In the afternoon the weather took a turn for the better./ * /Suddenly the… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • take a turn — {v. phr.} To become different; change. * /Mary s fever suddenly took a bad turn./ * /The story took an odd turn./ Often used with for the better or for the worse . * /In the afternoon the weather took a turn for the better./ * /Suddenly the… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • for the worse — {adj. phr.} or {adv. phr.} For something that is worse or not as good, with a worse result. * /He bought a new car but it turned out to be for the worse./ * /The sick man s condition changed for the worse./ Compare: TAKE A TURN. Contrast: FOR THE …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • for the worse — {adj. phr.} or {adv. phr.} For something that is worse or not as good, with a worse result. * /He bought a new car but it turned out to be for the worse./ * /The sick man s condition changed for the worse./ Compare: TAKE A TURN. Contrast: FOR THE …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • turn — {{Roman}}I.{{/Roman}} noun 1 act of turning sb/sth around ADJECTIVE ▪ complete, full, half, quarter ▪ It slowly spun for three complete turns. ▪ a full turn of the handle to the right …   Collocations dictionary

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