turn things around.
get off your back and get an angle on the situation -- be in control.
sometimes, all it takes is flipping things over, and all of a sudden, you've got a lot more freedom to move, you can position things better, you can shift and tip and find the sweet spot until ...
the cork is popped ...
the bell is rung ...
that engine turns over and roars.
of course, if there's somebody else involved, you probably ought to say "please" before taking the bull by the horns.
but if you sweet-talk them, they'll probably say okay.