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    stand/turn something on its head

    Hello.

    Definition of head, Macmillan Online Dictionary: Free American English Dictionary and Thesaurus
    stand/turn something on its head
    to make someone think in a completely new way about something
    Einstein’s theories stood the mathematical world on its head.

    Is this idiom used in the following sentence?

    Ford Motor: On the Road to Recovery - TIME
    But conventional wisdom was stood on its head last fall when Ford parted company with General Motors Corp. and Chrysler Group LLC by forgoing federal help during the most perilous times for automakers.

    Thank you.


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    Re: stand/turn something on its head

    Quote Originally Posted by Daruma View Post
    Hello.

    Definition of head, Macmillan Online Dictionary: Free American English Dictionary and Thesaurus
    stand/turn something on its head
    to make someone think in a completely new way about something
    Einstein’s theories stood the mathematical world on its head.

    Is this idiom used in the following sentence?

    Ford Motor: On the Road to Recovery - TIME
    But conventional wisdom was stood on its head last fall when Ford parted company with General Motors Corp. and Chrysler Group LLC by forgoing federal help during the most perilous times for automakers.

    Thank you.
    Yes, it is, but it's passive voice, so you might not have immediately recognized it.



    I think an additional meaning for this idiom could be this: prove something to be wrong or not entirely credible. It would depend on the context and how exactly it's used.


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    Re: stand/turn something on its head

    Don't people use "turn something on its head" more often than "stand something on its head"?


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    Re: stand/turn something on its head

    Quote Originally Posted by Daruma View Post
    Don't people use "turn something on its head" more often than "stand something on its head"?
    Not to my knowledge. Using "stand", I think, sounds more familiar to me. It could be so, but it's hard to say.

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