by turns
phrasal 1. one after another in regular succession 2. variously, alternately <
a book that is by turns pedantic, delightful, and infuriating
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  • by turns — ► by turns alternately. Main Entry: ↑turn …   English terms dictionary

  • by turns — adverb : one after another in regular succession : alternately, successively was praised and blamed by turns washed the dishes by turns stores that are by turns curious, tragic, ennobling, disturbing, and heartening C.R.Hewitt & Jenifer Wayne * * …   Useful english dictionary

  • By turns — Turn Turn, n. 1. The act of turning; movement or motion about, or as if about, a center or axis; revolution; as, the turn of a wheel. [1913 Webster] 2. Change of direction, course, or tendency; different order, position, or aspect of affairs;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • by turns — {adv. phr.} First one and then another in a regular way; one substituting for or following another according to a repeated plan. * /On the drive to Chicago, the three men took the wheel by turns./ * /The teachers were on duty by turns./ * /When… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • by turns — {adv. phr.} First one and then another in a regular way; one substituting for or following another according to a repeated plan. * /On the drive to Chicago, the three men took the wheel by turns./ * /The teachers were on duty by turns./ * /When… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • by\ turns — adv. phr. First one and then another in a regular way; one substituting for or following another according to a repeated plan. On the drive to Chicago, the three men took the wheel by turns. The teachers were on duty by turns. When John had a… …   Словарь американских идиом

  • by turns — changing from one state, mood, or quality to another Maria is by turns protective and vulnerable …   English dictionary

  • by turns — adverb One after the other; successively; alternating …   Wiktionary

  • by turns — one after another, one at a time according to a line …   English contemporary dictionary

  • by turns — alternately. → turn …   English new terms dictionary

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