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    turn (the) turtle

    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to tell me whether I am right with my interpretation of the expression in bold in the following sentence?

    I was suddenly awakened at five o'clock by a violent shaking of the ship. At first I thought that she, being almost empty, was “turning turtle”.

    The canoe turned the turtle with them.

    turn (the) turtle = overturn

    Thanks for your efforts.

    Regards,

    V.

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    Re: turn (the) turtle

    Quote Originally Posted by vil View Post
    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to tell me whether I am right with my interpretation of the expression in bold in the following sentence?

    I was suddenly awakened at five o'clock by a violent shaking of the ship. At first I thought that she, being almost empty, was “turning turtle”.

    The canoe turned the turtle with them.

    turn (the) turtle = overturn

    Thanks for your efforts.

    Regards,

    V.
    "To turn turtle" means to overturn, capsize or to turn upside down, yes. I have never seen the definite article used with it, though.

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