Definition of Turn on a dime

1. Verb. Have a small turning radius. "My little subcompact car turns on a dime!"

Category relationships: Driving
Generic synonyms: Turn

Definition of Turn on a dime

1. Verb. (intransitive US) to have a small turning circle ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Turn On A Dime

turn heads
turn in
turn in one's grave
turn indicator
turn inside-out
turn into
turn into a pumpkin
turn loose
turn of events
turn of logs
turn of phrase
turn of the century
turn of the year
turn off
turn on a dime (current term)
turn on its head
turn on one's heel
turn one's back
turn one's nose up
turn one's stomach
turn out
turn over
turn over a new leaf
turn round
turn signal
turn someone's crank
turn someone's head
turn tail

Literary usage of Turn on a dime

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Inside Passage & Coastal Alaska by Lynn Readicker-Henderson (2006)
"They turn on a dime and are remarkably smooth. A jetboat river trip is not something you'll forget quickly. Erik at Breakaway Adventures is particularly ..."

2. British Columbia Adventure Guide by Lynn Readicker-Henderson (2004)
"Keep in mind that the weather in the Charlottes can turn on a dime (if you don't like the weather now, locals say, wait 20 minutes and it'll change). ..."

3. Rising Above the Gathering Storm: Energizing And Employing America for a by Cosepup, National Academy of Engineering, Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences (2007)
"Like a supertanker, the US economy does not turn on a dime, and if it goes off course it could be very difficult to head back in the right direction. ..."

4. Speaking of Liberty by Llewellyn H. Rockwell (2003)
"When it happens, attitudes will turn on a dime. No advocate of the gold standard looks forward to the crisis nor to the human suffering that will come with ..."

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