Definition of turn (or roll over or turn over) in one's grave in English:

turn (or roll over or turn over) in one's grave

phrase

  • Used to express the opinion that something would have caused anger or distress in someone who is now dead.

    ‘if my father saw the weeds he would turn in his grave’
    • ‘She'd be turning in her grave if she saw what I did with it.’
    • ‘Old Bob the newsagent would be turning in his grave.’
    • ‘Lord Armstrong must have been turning in his grave.’
    • ‘It is enough to have old school amateurs turning in their grave.’
    • ‘That churning sound you hear is Henry James turning in his grave.’
    • ‘‘Shakespeare would definitely be insulted and Chaplin would definitely be turning in his grave,’ he says.’
    • ‘No doubt the real Homer would be turning in his grave, that is if he ever really existed.’
    • ‘That is of course, until you reach the end of the year and realize that your English grade is so low it would make Shakespeare turn in his grave.’
    • ‘The old lady who lived there before would turn in her grave if she knew what went on in her old home.’
    • ‘If my mother thought it cost the Government £1million following her accident she would be turning in her grave at the trouble she caused.’