turn turtle
phrasal capsize, overturn

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • turn turtle — {v. phr.} To turn upside down. * /The car skidded on the ice and turned turtle./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • turn turtle — {v. phr.} To turn upside down. * /The car skidded on the ice and turned turtle./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • turn turtle — ► turn turtle (chiefly of a boat) turn upside down. Main Entry: ↑turtle …   English terms dictionary

  • turn turtle — If something turns turtle, it turns upside down …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • turn turtle — verb overturn accidentally Don t rock the boat or it will capsize! • Syn: ↑capsize, ↑turtle • Hypernyms: ↑overturn, ↑turn over, ↑tip over, ↑tump over …   Useful english dictionary

  • turn turtle — verb a) To turn upside down. Commonly used for boats and ships that capsize and turn through 180° so their hulls are above their superstructure, but it can refer to any vehicle in a similar position. 1998: a surfer prepares to turn turtle in the… …   Wiktionary

  • turn turtle — in. to turn over, as with a ship. □ The old dog finally turned turtle, and that was the end. □ The car struck a pole and turned turtle …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • turn\ turtle — v. phr. To turn upside down. The car skidded on the ice and turned turtle …   Словарь американских идиом

  • turn turtle — (chiefly of a boat) turn upside down. → turtle …   English new terms dictionary

  • turn turtle —    If a boat turns turtle, it capsizes or turns upside down in the water.     We had fun sailing yesterday, although we nearly turned turtle a couple of times! …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • turn turtle — if a boat turns turtle, it turns upside down in the water. We lost all our diving gear when the boat turned turtle just off the shore …   New idioms dictionary

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