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  • v. 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.
  • v. To roll upside-down with one's surfboard (usually a longboard) to allow a wave (usually an already broken wave) to pass over.

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  • v. overturn accidentally


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  • "It may not be so fast as an automobile race or so likely to turn turtle or break its steering-knuckle, but it's safe."


  • They'd pay two dollars for a theater seat without half the thrills – no chances of seeing a car turn turtle or break its steering-knuckle and dash into the side-lines.



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  • This phrase meaning to capsize or surrender has been around for at least 150 years. One way to catch a turtle is to put it into a helpless state by flipping it over onto its shell. A capsized ship resembled a flipped turtle.

    August 1, 2008