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    Hi everybody,
    I was hoping that someone could help me figure out the meaning of "Turn around" in this sentence :

    "I'm so tired and turned around and scared"

    I know the common meaning of "turn around" - 180° or 360° movement or any change of events, but here I believe it has some negative meaning that I was previously unaware of that "turn around" can have... Because the common meanings don’t make sense to me here... Thanks for any help you can give me (btw. it’s from a Rise Against song "Anywhere But Here")

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    confused, don't know if I am coming or going, mixed up.


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    Quote Originally Posted by susiedqq View Post
    confused, don't know if I am coming or going, mixed up.
    And is it used often in this way or is it only rarely used instead of "confused" ? (for example just in music, poetry...) Can I use the phrase as a synonym for "indecisive" too?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ZuZu182 View Post
    And is it used often in this way or is it only rarely used instead of "confused" ? (for example just in music, poetry...) Can I use the phrase as a synonym for "indecisive" too?
    I have never heard of it.


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    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    I have never heard of it.
    OK, thank you all for helping me out with this

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    I’m not a teacher.

    Hi ZuZu182,

    If I were you I would stake on positive connotation of the expression in question.

    Turn Around: Information from Answers.com

    You have to take into consideration the fact that there is a very close relationship between Greece translation of “repent” and “ English phrasal verb “turn away” or “turn around”.

    repent, repented =

    1. To feel remorse, contrition, or self-reproach for what one has done or failed to do; be contrite.
    2. To feel such regret for past conduct as to change one's mind regarding it: repented of intemperate behavior.
    3. To make a change for the better as a result of remorse or contrition for one's sins.

    The verb has 2 meanings:

    Meaning #1: turn away from sin or do penitence
    Synonym: atone
    Meaning #2: feel remorse for; feel sorry for; be contrite about
    Synonyms: regret, rue

    turned around = repentant = converted

    Regards,

    V.
    Last edited by vil; 27-Jan-2009 at 12:26.


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    Quote Originally Posted by vil View Post
    I’m not a teacher.

    Hi ZuZu182,

    If I were you I would stake on positive connotation of the expression in question.

    Turn Around: Information from Answers.com

    You have to take into consideration the fact that there is a very close relationship between Greece translation of “repent” and “ English phrasal verb “turn away” or “turn around”.

    repent, repented =

    1. To feel remorse, contrition, or self-reproach for what one has done or failed to do; be contrite.
    2. To feel such regret for past conduct as to change one's mind regarding it: repented of intemperate behavior.
    3. To make a change for the better as a result of remorse or contrition for one's sins.

    The verb has 2 meanings:

    Meaning #1: turn away from sin or do penitence
    Synonym: atone
    Meaning #2: feel remorse for; feel sorry for; be contrite about
    Synonyms: regret, rue

    turned around = repentant = converted

    Regards,

    V.
    Thank you, vil. Your opinon caused me to question my previous interpretation of the lyrics of the song. All in all, I still feel that the "turn around" phrase has a negative meaning there (the "confused" meaning that susiedqq posted). Although I’m not so sure about it anymore, because both the positive and negative connotations fit well into the interpretation of the sentence. But anyway, I thank you very much for the new perspective you offered

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    Gee, people can be turned off, turned around, turned inside out, turned upside down, or turned away.

    Believe me, to feel "turned around" is to feel confused.

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