Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

turn to (somebody)

turn toturn to somebody
Meaning(s)
1) seek or rely on somebody/something for help or support
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    • I can always turn to my friend when I need help
  • Analysis
    When you ’turn to somebody’ it can mean to literally move so that you are facing them or figuratively to go to someone for advice, help or support. This is a common expression used in both social and professional contexts. 
  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. Emily is a good friend. She's someone I can always turn to when I need some help or advice.
    2. Frank always turns to alcohol when he's feeling down. It is a terrible habit of his.
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. There isn't a proper chain of command or support structure at work. If I have a problem with something, there's no one I can turn to.
    2. Sorry to bother you with this issue, but I had no one else to turn to. Can you help me resolve it?
    3. I turned to the bank for financial support when my business started struggling.
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