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turn

(tŭrn),
To revolve or cause to revolve; specifically, to change the position of the fetus within the uterus to convert a malpresentation into a presentation permitting normal delivery.
[A.S. tyrnan]
Obstetrics Version; the rotation of a foetus for vaginal delivery
Public health The abrupt change in a domesticated animal’s behaviour, from docile to aggressive, resulting in attacks on humans, which may be fatal; turning is most common in pitbull terrriers and rottweilers, which together cause the bulk of dog bite-related fatalities in the US
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But in some cases it's much wiser just to turn tail and run--or, as research at the Oregon State University Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport shows, to turn fin and swim.
The EoACAyinvader' would stop short, taken aback by this bundle of sound and fury, wondering if he should turn tail or press on regardless.
It was enough to make new arrivals turn tail and take the next train out of town.
She's like a woman possessed, with a thousand yard stare that could make Clint Eastwood turn tail and run.
But the law suit - plus the possibility of a nearby rival gambling mecca being set up - was enough to make BLB turn tail.
Those who have been calling for his head will suddenly turn tail, act all sympathetic and blame the pressures of trying to stay in contention in what is now the super league of Premiership teams.
It would be really wimpy of me to turn tail and run now.
He doesn't feel confident about coping so, naturally, he wants to turn tail and run.