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    turn on a dime - auf dem Handteller drehen

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    turn on a dime Amer. fig. - auf dem Handteller drehen fig.

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    Fig.[for a vehicle] to turn in a very tight turn. This car can turn on a dime. I need a vehicle that can turn on a dime.

    turn on a dime
    to change direction very quickly The economy is not likely to turn on a dime between now and the end of the year. We never knew what our father would decide because his opinions could turn on a dime.

    turn on a dime - have a small turning radius; "My little subcompact car turns on a dime!"
    1. (US),(intransitive) to have a small turning circle
    turn on a sixpence (British)
    To "turn on a dime" is usually an expression you hear when referring to high performance cars, airplanes, boats, etc. Since a dime is the smallest U.S. coin, the ability to "turn on it" is a figure of speech meaning you can change direction very quickly in a very small space.
    Eigentlich ist dies ein Vorschlag von @mabr, dem aber keine deutsche Übersetzung einfiel. Mir kam nur "läßt sich auf dem Handteller drehen" in den Sinn. Vielleicht hat jemand im Forum einen besseren Vorschlag.
    AuthorCorvus29 May 10, 13:21
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