turn of events


1. a sudden change in a situation






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an unexpected/strange turn of events

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A 'turn of events' is a change or sudden development in a given situation. You will often hear this as the expression 'a sudden turn of events'. A turn of events might demand a change in strategy, approach or planning in order to deal with it. This is a popular expression that can be used in both social and professional contexts. Similar in meaning to 'a twist' in a story or course of events.

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  1. In what was a strange turn of events, Jack returned home to find his front door wide open, but nothing seemed to have been stolen.
  2. A strange turn of events led me to discover something interesting about my family history.

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  1. In an unexpected turn of events, the CEO decided to step down from her position despite the company only recently announcing record profits. 
  2. The end of the nurses' strike is in sight after a dramatic turn of events last night that saw both sides break the deadlock and come to a tentative agreement.

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