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turn turtle

Fig. to turn upside down. (See also turn belly up.) The sailboat turned turtle, but the sailors only got wet. The car ran off the road and turned turtle in the ditch.
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turn turtle

Capsize, turn upside down, as in When they collided, the car turned turtle. This expression alludes to the helplessness of a turtle turned on its back, where its shell can no longer protect it. [First half of 1800s]
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turn turtle

If a boat turns turtle, it turns upside down in the water. The boat nearly turned turtle twice, but I managed to keep her upright. Note: Turtles are helpless when they are turned onto their backs.
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turn turtle

turn upside down.
If a turtle is flipped over on to its back, it becomes helpless and unable to move. The phrase has long been used figuratively of inanimate objects, especially boats, that have turned upside down or overturned.
1990 Stephen King The Stand His tractor turned turtle on him and killed him.
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turn ˈturtle

(of a boat) turn upside down: We turned turtle right in front of everybody at the yacht club. It was so embarrassing.
This expression refers to the fact that if a turtle is turned on its back, it is helpless and unable to move.
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turn turtle

in. to turn over, as with a ship. The old dog finally turned turtle, and that was the end.
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turtle heading

n. popping up and down in an office cubicle, looking at what’s going on in the rest of the office. (see also prairie dog.) Everybody was turtle heading, trying to see what was happening in Willy’s cubicle.
See also: heading, turtle


n. the penile foreskin. (A play on the type of collar.) He’s talking to the doctor about getting rid of his little turtle-neck.
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Muscat: Artificial lights installed along Ras Al Hadd coastline are distracting baby turtles, who are mistaking them for moon light, which is nature's way of leading them to the sea.
Prior to their release into the Arabian Gulf, the turtles were fitted with satellite tags track their progress in the wild and enable to develop a picture of a young turtle's journey in the region.
Summary: Tyre Beach Nature Reserve, along the coast of the southern city, is known for being the site where, every year without fail, sea turtles come to the shore to lay their eggs.
Globally, there are seven species of marine turtle of which six species are found in the Indian Ocean the South East Asian Region.
They include the green turtle, the hawksbill turtle, the loggerhead turtle, the olive ridley turtle, and the leathery turtle.
Turtle nests are demarcated with a protective aluminium cage and a small sign.
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Warren Baverstock, Aquarium Operations Manager at Dubai Turtle Rehabilitation Project (DTRP), said that the dead turtles were green turtles, a commonly found species in the region.
It's one of the greatest conservation success stories of our time, says David Godfrey, executive director of Sea Turtle Conservancy.
As the smallest species of soft-shell turtles, Chinese soft-shell turtle was once commonly sold in pet shops.
In a determined bid to promote the conservation efforts a Royal Decree established a Turtle Natural Reserve in 1996.
Though cold stunning can be lethal, this lucky survivor was brought by Allan to Mass Audubon's Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, and was later transported to the New England Aquarium, just one of many rehabilitation centers that partner in the Northeast Sea Turtle Stranding Network.
These turtles, bred in massive southern "turtle farms," were all red-eared sliders, a turtle native to the Mississippi river system.
The International Union for Conservation of Nature lists the hawksbill, one type of sea turtle, as critically endangered, and the green turtle as endangered.
We are grateful to all our turtle sponsors for supporting this research project as well as the Great Gulf Turtle Race," said Lisa Perry, Programme Director at EWS-WWF.