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turn the tables

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  • v. To reverse a situation, such that the advantage has shifted to the party which was previously disadvantaged.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. cause a complete reversal of the circumstances

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Examples

  • 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.

    Castles of Steel

  • 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.

    Barbarossa

  • How had Blueskin contrived to turn the tables so effortlessly?

    THE TIME QUAKE

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