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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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Misty, a four-year-old Persian, attacked the fox and it turned tail and fled.
Then the police all turned tail and charged back out of the flat.
Unfortunately, by this time she had already turned tail and gone off to speak to a more worthy victim.
The stock initially rose seven per cent but then turned tail as the City noted there was much still to be done to revive the company's fortunes.
Taliban chiefs claimed 2,000 fighters would fight to the death - but yesterday they turned tail and fled.
The crowd cheered Karl as he turned tail and headed back towards the pavilion.
Then, with one final terrified look, the lions turned tail .
Flying high in 1972 with the surprise hit Walk On The Wild Side, Lou Reed turned tail and did what any genius would do.
Border-cross collie Zak had walked the mile back home with his owner, Mrs Maureen Roberts, when he turned tail and sped off.
Saddam's men turned tail and fled after the US pilots fired Sidewinder missiles at them.
Livi had turned tail and was running towards the lift.