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turn in (2)

Meaning: If you turn somebody in, you tell the police that the person has committed a crime or you hand them over to the police yourself.

For example:

  • turn in sb Would you turn in your best friend if you knew he'd broken the law?

  • turn sb in The police have asked members of the public to turn the thieves in if they know who they are.

Quick Quiz:

The store detectives turned the shoplifter in to
  1. her family
  2. her friends
  3. the police

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