from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. to change the condition or fortune of contending parties; -- a metaphorical expression taken from the vicissitudes of fortune in gaming.
- transitive v. 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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During the same weeks, the German Naval Staff, fearing the Allied blockade but forbidden to send German dreadnoughts to challenge the British fleet, proposed to employ what Admiral von Tirpitz called “the miracle weapon,” the U-boat, to turn the tables and ensure that supplies to Britain would be cut off, as the British had done to Germany.
Yet by itself the impact of the winter would not be enough for an exhausted and outnumbered Red Army to turn the tables on its adversary; the chosen instrument for this task was the agglomeration of hard, long-service divisions from the Siberian Command.
How had Blueskin contrived to turn the tables so effortlessly?