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    do somebody’s a bad turn

    Dear teachers,

    Would you tell me whether I am right with my interpretation of the expression in bold in the following sentence?

    Go to Crawley. Use my name. He won’t refuse my friend, for I could do him an ill turn of I chose.

    do somebody’s a bad turn = do somebody’s an ill turn = kill someone with kindness ; do someone’s very doubtful service; do someone’s harm

    Thank you for your efforts.

    Regards,

    V
    Last edited by vil; 16-Oct-2010 at 14:19.

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    Re: do somebody’s a good turn

    Quote Originally Posted by vil View Post
    Dear teachers,

    Would you tell me whether I am right with my interpretation of the expression in bold in the following sentence?

    Go to Crawley. Use my name. He won’t refuse my friend, for I could do him an ill turn of I chose.

    do somebody’s a good turn = do somebody’s an ill turn = kill someone with kindness ; do someone’s very doubtful service; do someone’s harm

    Thank you for your efforts.

    Regards,

    V
    A good turn is a positive service rendered, a favor. "He did his brother a good turn by providing him with a home."
    I`ve never heard ill turn, but it certainly appears to mean to do something harmful.

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    Re: do somebody’s a bad turn

    Hi riquecohen,

    Thank you for tor amendment. I made again a foolish mistake. To be more precise this was a clerical error. As matter of fact there must to be a new title of my original thread namely “do somebody’s a bad turn”, the converse of the written in my post “do somebody’s a good turn”.

    Mr. Golspie and the captain were old acquaintances who had been able to do one another various good turns.” (Pristley’s “Angel Pavement”)

    I beg your pardon for my mechanical blunder.

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    Re: do somebody’s a good turn

    Quote Originally Posted by riquecohen View Post
    A good turn is a positive service rendered, a favor. "He did his brother a good turn by providing him with a home."
    I`ve never heard ill turn, but it certainly appears to mean to do something harmful.
    "To do someone an ill turn" means "intend to do good to someone but end up doing harm"

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