English Language Lessons

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Idiom of the week – Turn the tables on someone

Posted by englishlessons on November 19, 2012

Definition:

reverse one’s position in relation to someone else, especially by turning a position of disadvantage into one of advantage

Examples:

The man being interviewed by the reporter turned the tables on her and started asking the reporter questions.

Susan’s boyfriend complained that Susan didn’t listen to him, but then Susan turned the tables on her boyfriend and complained that he never listened to her.

Picture it:

Think of turning the table around in a board game so that you have an advantage over your opponent based on your new position.

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