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turn round

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An intransitive verb phrase is a phrase that combines a verb with a preposition or other particle and does not require a direct object (e.g. Everybody please stand up.).
intransitive verb phrase
1. (to reverse direction) (United Kingdom)
a. darse la vuelta
The sheriff turned round and shot the bandit.El comisario se dio la vuelta y le disparó al bandido.
b. darse vuelta
It must have been someone else. I said his name, but he didn't turn round.Debe haber sido otra persona. Dije su nombre, pero no se dio vuelta.
2. (to go back on a decision) (United Kingdom)
a. cambiar de opinión
Our landlady told us we would have a parking place, and then she turned round and told us we couldn't.La casera nos había dicho que tendríamos un lugar para estacionarnos, y luego cambió de opinión y nos dijo que no.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
I sold the watch at the pawnshop knowing full well that they would turn round and sell it for three times the price.Le vendí el reloj en la casa de empeños aunque sabía bien que cogerían y lo venderían por tres veces su precio.
The salesman told me the lorry would cost 10,000, and then he turns round and says it'll be 12!El dependiente me dijo que el camión costaría 10,000, ¡y ahora me sale con que 12!
A transitive verb phrase is a phrase that combines a verb with a preposition or other particle and requires a direct object (e.g. Take out the trash.).
transitive verb phrase
3. (to transform) (United Kingdom)
a. cambiar
I hope the new job will turn our luck round. I can't deal with this any longer.Espero que el nuevo trabajo cambie nuestra suerte. Ya no puedo más con esto.
b. dar un vuelco a
My brother went through a rough patch, but he's turned his life round.Mi hermano pasó una mala racha, pero le ha dado un vuelco a su vida.
4. (to rotate) (United Kingdom)
a. darle la vuelta a
I turned the fan round to bring the cool air in.Le di la vuelta al ventilador para que entre aire fresco.
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turn round
A transitive verb phrase is a phrase that combines a verb with a preposition or other particle and requires a direct object (e.g. Take out the trash.).
transitive verb phrase
1. (car, table)
a. dar la vuelta a
2. (economy, situation, company)
a. enderezar
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
intransitive verb
3. (person)
a. darse la vuelta
turn round
1 (back to front) volverse; dar la espalda
turn round and look at me! He turned round and came back
as soon as I turned round they were quarrelling again en cuanto les volví la espalda se pusieron otra vez a reñir; the government has turned right round el gobierno ha cambiado completamente de rumbo; he turned round and said ... fue y me dijo or me soltó ... (informal)
`We were just about to go on stage," he told me, `and Ray turned round and said to me ..." A couple of years ago I met this woman in her forties who told me that she was doing a law degree. I told her that was rather interesting and she turned round and said `I don't want to be interesting, I want to be sexy"
2 (rotate) girar; dar vueltas
I could hardly turn round apenas podía volverme; to turn round and round dar vueltas y más vueltas
3 (improve) [+business, economy] recuperarse
If the economy turned round, the Prime Minister's authority would quickly increase
transitive verb
1 [+person, object] dar la vuelta a; voltear; (LAm)
I turned him round and sent him back to the classroom She turned her hat round so that the ribbons were hanging over her eyes
[+vehicle, ship etc] dar la vuelta a; girar
2 (Comm)
to turn an order round tramitar un pedido
With the new system we can now turn most orders round within a single day
3 (make successful) [+business, economy] sacar a flote; hacer despegar; (make profitable) [+company, school] rentabilizar; sanear (las finanzas de); [+the economy] sanear
It's simply ridiculous to think you could turn the economy round in one week The engineering group is at last fighting to turn round its business
4 (rework) [+sentence, idea] modificar; alterar
If you turned this round a bit it would be very funny Of course you could always turn it round and make HIM the victim
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