Definition of turn turtle in English:

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turn turtle

(Chiefly of a boat) capsize.
Example sentences
  • 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.
  • Four minutes later the ship turned turtle and sank.
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