p1: What time is it?
p2: The day has turned over. It is monday 02:50am, You've been unconcious for nearly 5 hours.
p1: Otta got me didn't he?
p2: He struck you over the head with a wok.

What does "the day has turned over" mean?

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    It is not a usual expression. In any case, if you think of the 12 hours from midnight to noon and the 12 hours from noon to midnight, as lying on opposite sides of a flat sheet of paper, it's pretty clear that midnight is past. A new days begins. In fact, P2: says it's 2:50 am.
    – Lambie
    Commented Jan 22, 2022 at 19:18
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    What do you think it means? I've never heard this expression before, but I think the context makes it very clear!
    – James K
    Commented Jan 22, 2022 at 19:43
  • This should be obvious by looking at the 02:50am and understanding what would have changed from 5 hours ago to now. However, who says "02:50am" in speech? :) Commented Jan 24, 2022 at 21:00

2 Answers 2


Old fashioned mechanical 'digital' clocks used to 'roll over' or 'turn over'. Like a Rolodex.

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'The day has turned over' means that the day has ended.

I believe this is from the thought that the sun and moon spin around the Earth, meaning 'the day has turned over' meaning that the sun / moon has taken a turn.

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    I think it is more likely to mean that the indicated time has passed from 23:59:59 to 00:00:00. Commented Jan 22, 2022 at 19:17

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