Got a client's comment and we ended our contract. She told me she'd write a good review. Here's what I've got:

I appreciated your English language skills. It meant that we could take advantage of your timezone in getting work turned around. All the best in your next gig.

Is that a sarcasm saying implicitly about I didn't do my work well?

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    Getting work turned around simply means getting the job done. The phrase does not imply moving backwards. There appears to be no sarcasm in your client's comment, just an honest, brief but good review.
    – EllieK
    Commented Aug 30, 2022 at 17:01
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    Yes, if a job is turned around it is completed in a timely fashion. Commented Aug 30, 2022 at 17:59
  • Thanks @EllieK-Don'tsupporther Coz this phrase has two opposite meanings, it confuses me. Now it feels clear to me.
    – S.P.K
    Commented Aug 31, 2022 at 3:15
  • Thank you for your explanation! @MichaelHarvey
    – S.P.K
    Commented Aug 31, 2022 at 3:16
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    As both answers and many comments say, your client was complimenting you. In this context, “turn around“ means not just get the job done, but also - I am assuming that you are in India and the client is in North America or Europe or something similar - the client would send you email asking for a feature or a fix in her afternoon, you would complete it during your day, and it might will be working for her the next morning. “Turning around stuff overnight“ from her point of view.
    – Krazy Glew
    Commented Aug 31, 2022 at 5:05

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No, she's not being sarcastic. She's using a perfectly normal meaning of "turn around" (from Macmillan dictionary):

TRANSITIVE to complete a piece of work, process, or activity within a particular time
We can produce quality work and turn it around very quickly.

When she says that you got "work turned around", she means that you completed it within a particular time.

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    Thanks! Now it is clear to me! And thank you for using Markdown to help me with the question editing!
    – S.P.K
    Commented Aug 31, 2022 at 3:19

She's probably using the phrase "turned around" in reference to the common term turnaround. Scroll past the first definition to look at the others:

an occasion when a business, plan, or system suddenly becomes successful

any change from one thing to its opposite

the amount of time that it takes for a piece of work to be done, a product to be supplied, etc

a big change that turns a bad situation into a good one

And so on. I think it's clear she wasn't being sarcastic, and implied that you were a very big help to her business.

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