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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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This results in some turtles ending up being eaten by predators or getting crushed under the vehicles speeding down the coastal roads.
The 45 turtles were rescued from UAE shores and treated by the Dubai Turtle Rehabilitation Project.
TYRE, Lebanon: 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.
The populations of the six species of marine turtles of the Asia Region are listed as vulnerable, endangered or critically endangered on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.
Although the cabinet has declared several areas in Yemen to be natural reserves, and the Yemeni government has ratified the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) in 1997, turtles along Yemen's shores continue to be exposed to severe threats.
Vehicle movements on the beach not only compacts the sand, making it very difficult for the turtles to dig their nest, but they often lead to the collapse of a nest and the destruction of the eggs.
th], marquee events across five states will encourage beachside residents and businesses to help protect nesting turtles by turning off or replacing artificial lighting with special turtle-friendly lights.
Despite numerous projects in the UAE by ecological organisations to help increase natural stocks, some turtles are meeting their demise after either being caught in nets, ingesting garbage thrown into the water or after being struck by fast-moving motorboats.
Geological Survey, Hart didn't know if any nesting turtles would show up at the site that day.
These achievements shed new light on the origin of turtles and applied the classical evo-devo model to explain the developmental process of their unique body plan.
These aren't here to enjoy the sun, sea and sand, but to watch green turtles lumbering up the shore to lay their eggs at night.
As we all look forward to spring, there is one tradition that needs to stop: the sale of hatchling turtles in tourist areas.
Summary: One thousand turtles have been released into the Gulf of Thailand as part of the Thai Navy's campaign to protect them from extinction.
Summary: Now, nature lovers can keep track and vote for their favourite turtles online for the Great Gulf Turtle Race.