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Try to teach your grandmother to suck eggs

see Teach your grandmother how to suck eggs

Tuckered out

Tucker is a colloquial American word that means to grow weary or tired. Its origin is unknown and dates from c. 1839.


see Days of the week

Tumble in the hay/sack

see hit the hay/sack


As in the expression, “So, you have finally tumbled” meaning, “So, you have finally understood” is British slang from the mid-19th century.


As in a sudden attack of illness, faintness, or the like, dates from the late 18th century. Turn as in a stage or variety act e.g. a star turn, dates...

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Turn a blind eye

To turn a blind eye means to ignore something deliberately as if it was not there and dates from the early 19th century. It is generally acknowledged...

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Turn a hair

see Not turn a hair

Turn a trick

American euphemism for a prostitute plying her trade, dates from the early 20th century.

Turn for the better / or worse

Turn in this sense means a change for the better or worse, and dates from the early 1600s.

Turn in

To go to bed, originally nautical and related to sailors’ hammocks, dates from the late 17th century. Turn oneself in (to the police or authorities) d...

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Turn King’s/Queen’s/state’s evidence

To turn King’s or Queen’s evidence is to appear as a witness for the prosecution against one’s criminal accomplices. As a legal term, it dates from th...

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Turn molehills into mountains

see Molehills into mountains

Turn of speed / pace

Turn in this sense means an increase in speed or pace, and dates from the early 1700s.

Turn on

To turn someone on or a turn-on, as in being excited, stimulated, or sexually aroused, is an Americanism that derives from the notion of turning on an...

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