One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(chiefly of a boat) turn upside down.‘the other boat nearly turned turtle several times’‘his tractor turned turtle and killed him’
overturn, turn over, tip over, roll over, upturn, capsize, turn topsy-turvyView synonyms
- ‘Four minutes later the ship turned turtle and sank.’
- ‘Kevin bellows instructions, and in quick time we exit the boat, turn turtle and fin towards the edge of the drop-off.’
- ‘She had turned turtle and capsized and those who were not able to get out in the first few hours were surely trapped for good.’
- ‘The Bismark's excellent fire control and high rate of fire finally shredded Prince of Wales, which slowly turned turtle and sank.’
- ‘The ship turned turtle and people went out on horses to save survivors.’
- ‘The Kléber sank swiftly, turning turtle as she went.’
- ‘Riddled with bullet holes, the flat-bottomed vessel sank, turning turtle as it did so and settling on the 7m bottom.’
- ‘The Hampshire has turned turtle with much of the bows broken up where she hit the mine on that fateful day back in 1916.’
- ‘Top-heavy, like all battleships, the Nagato turned turtle before leaving daylight behind.’
- ‘But en route at Chavara the ambulance met with an accident and turned turtle.’
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