To turn the tables

Also found in: Idioms.
to change the condition or fortune of contending parties; - a metaphorical expression taken from the vicissitudes of fortune in gaming.
- Acts vi. 2.

See also: Table

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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'Oh, certainly,' rejoined Nicholas; 'but suppose I were to turn the tables, and pull HIS nose, what then?
the girls have only to turn the tables, and say of one of their own sex, "She is as vain as a man," and they will have perfect reason.
He was clever enough, however, not to betray them, and lucky enough to turn the tables on us, as you shall hear.
Not that I ever suffered much from them; I took care to turn the tables. What tricks Theodore and I used to play on our Miss Wilsons, and Mrs.
I want to turn the tables upon them--I want to mortify them as they mortified me.
Marcus Rashford got the chance to turn the tables onManchester Unitedboss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer during the Treble Reunion match on Sunday.
Brosnan, who got closest to him last time, is now much better off for a margin of two and threequarter lengths and Johnny Levins will be hoping to turn the tables.
Denbigh led 2-0 only for the Silkmen to turn the tables with five goals in the last 20 minutes through Jon Kenworthy, Ritchie Walker, Phil Lloyd, Mark Williams and Lee Acott.
PORTSMOUTH ..........1 STOKE CITY ................2 STOKE struck twice in the second half to turn the tables on crisis club Portsmouth and plunge them deeper into relegation trouble.
Hulse (above) struck twice to turn the tables on Preston, who took a 10th-minute lead through Jon Parkin's 10th goal of the season.
The way Geordieland left Patkai for dead at Sandown suggests Yeats will have it all on to turn the tables, and Osborne reports his eight-year-old to be showing more speed than ever before..
It's time to turn the tables and put those who cause the damage under the spotlight.