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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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IN Iraq the US are about to turn tail and skulk away blaming the Iraqis for not wanting their help.
Says Young: "Our contrarian instincts tell us to look for bargains if more risk averse investors turn tail.
Since most cats turn tail if confronted with a dog, Marker wondered if cheetahs would avoid farms that were guarded by barking pooches.
It is a captivating but confusing time for the swaggering, bungling 21-year-old who has already earned himself the nickname "Runaway" due to his tendency to turn tail when the going gets tough.
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.