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    Exclamation meaning of idiom

    what is the real meaning of 'turn the corner?
    is it 'turn to corner' or turn the corner'
    i read it somewhere in a book, the sentence was
    THE DOCTOR SAID THAT THE PATIENT HAS TURNED THE CORNER.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rabeea suhail View Post
    what is the real meaning of 'turn the corner?
    is it 'turn to corner' or turn the corner'
    i read it somewhere in a book, the sentence was
    THE DOCTOR SAID THAT THE PATIENT HAS TURNED THE CORNER.
    if something or someone turns the corner, their situation starts to improve after a difficult period.

    I think the sentence given above means

    Doctor said that the disease of patient has improved after a difficult period!

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    Quote Originally Posted by rabeea suhail View Post
    The doctor said that the patient has turned the corner.
    The patient improved.

    (The disease didn't improve. The patient improved.)

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    The patient improved.

    (The disease didn't improve. The patient improved.)
    Ron, I think if your disease improves, then you are going to be fine!
    Otherwise, how a patient is going to be fine while his illness does not show any improvement?

    That is all!

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    The health of the disease and the health of the patient are directly opposed to each other. If the disease gets better the patient gets worse, and vice versa.


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    The health of the disease and the health of the patient are directly opposed to each other. If the disease gets better the patient gets worse, and vice versa.

    I think your idea must be missing the mark, as I can see it eventually different from what I've seen in the movies, magazines and etc.

    'Untreatable Eye Disease Improves With Avastin'

    This was a headline of a medical magazine that I just read it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by proof.beh View Post
    I think your idea must be missing the mark, as I can see it eventually different from what I've seen in the movies, magazines and etc.

    'Untreatable Eye Disease Improves With Avastin'

    This was a headline of a medical magazine that I just read it!
    This was a headline in a medical magazine that I just read.

    "'Untreatable Eye Disease Improves With Avastin'" - Google Search
    It is true (as the above links attests) that that usage is possible. However, if a patient has malaria and the malaria virus is killed then the patient improves. As long as the malaria virus thrives then the patient remains sick.


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    Quote Originally Posted by proof.beh View Post
    I think your idea must be missing the mark, as I can see it eventually different from what I've seen in the movies, magazines and etc.
    I think your idea must be missing the mark, as it is different from what I've seen in the movies, magazines, etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee View Post
    This was a headline in a medical magazine that I just read.

    "'Untreatable Eye Disease Improves With Avastin'" - Google Search
    It is true (as the above links attests) that that usage is possible. However, if a patient has malaria and the malaria virus is killed then the patient improves. As long as the malaria virus thrives then the patient remains sick.

    This inverse proportion accounts for a joke my wife often cracks:

    Me: How's your cold?
    She: Oh, it's doing fine, I still feel like Hell though.

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    you can also check other idioms here: http://www.idiomsite.com/

    site has been very useful to me...:)

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