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    a good turn out

    I'm reading Agatha Christie's "The Sittaford Mystery" and I came across a phrase I can't make out. Here's the passage:

    "And talking about jobs, what do you say, sir, to a good turn out? (...) It's a month since it's been done. (...) She was an impassioned cleaner and turner out."

    How do I understand "turn out" here. Is it supposed to be some sort of cleaning/ tidying?

    I'd be grateful for any eluciadation.
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    Re: a good turn out

    Yes. Oxford Dictionaries.com define it as "to clean out a drawer, room, etc. by taking out and reorganizing its contents." I've never heard this used in AmE.

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    Re: a good turn out

    That's what I thought athough here it is used as a noun and so far a haven't been able to find an entry listing it as a noun with this sort of meaning you described.

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    Re: a good turn out

    Is definition#5 on the following page what you are looking for?
    http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/turnout

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    Re: a good turn out

    That'd be it. Thank you:)

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