turn in

turn in

  1. (transitive, idiomatic) to submit something; to give
    He turned in his paperwork to the main office.
    The actors turned in a formulaic performance.
  2. (transitive, idiomatic) to relinquish; give up; to tell on someone to the authorities (especially to turn someone in)
    The thief finally turned himself in at the police station.
    My nosy next-door neighbor turned me in for building my garage without a permit.
  3. (intransitive, idiomatic) to go to bed; retire to bed
    I'm tired, so I think I'll turn in early tonight.
    • 1851 November 13, Herman Melville, chapter 3, in Moby-Dick; or, The Whale, 1st American edition, New York, N.Y.: Harper & Brothers; London: Richard Bentley, OCLC 57395299 ↗:
      “Landlord,” said I, “tell him to stash his tomahawk there, or pipe, or whatever you call it; tell him to stop smoking, in short, and I will turn in with him.
  4. (soccer) To convert a goal using a turning motion of the body.
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