This term came about through a very popular cartoon of a helmet topping off a pair of boots to signify the veteran with just a short time left in his enlistment and keeping a REALLY low profile, turtle-like, trying to make it out alive. Among VietNam and older veterans a challenge term by which infantrymen recognized each other.

When a veteran infantryman would meet another veteran, the question would be asked: "Are you a turtle?". To which the challenged veteran would have to either reply "You bet your sweet ass I am!" or have to buy the challenging veteran a drink.
Army veteran: "Are you a turtle?"

Marine veteran: "You bet your sweet ass I am".
#gi slang #military terms #short-timers #veterans #leg #grunt #ground-pounder #deserter #fng (fucking new guy) #ping
di 19D4L 23 agosto 2012
verb: slow
Am going too fast within the day, I'd better turtle myself down.
#abate #brake #choke #curb #decelerate #advance #forward #progress #push #storm #chill out #slow down #overpower #do without #decrease in speed #turtel #tertle #turttle #turrtle #turtal
di "Goyo" 29 settembre 2012
A lonely boy's everything. His parents, siblings, pets, house, etc. He walks his turtle to Airmail and hangs out there all day long. The boy enters his turtle in dog competitions for agility, frisbee, and obedience. His turtle greets him every time he comes home and sleeps on the end of his bed at night.

(Not to be confused with tortoise.)
Boy: I love you, turtle!
Turtle:
Boy: I know, now let's go get some ice cream.
#jon #aly #vya #turtle #everything #foreveralone #love #agility #dog #pets
di Modern Definitions 24 maggio 2012
To crouch down and cover ones head with arms during a fight.
I was going to punch him but he turtled! What a coward.
#cower #hide #duck #fear #take cover
di Testudine 03 febbraio 2012
Substitute for using touche during an argument/discussion - from the Touche Turtle TV programme.
Turtle
#greg #touche #argument #fight #discuss
di Prinnyf 13 maggio 2011
Rolling your surfboard over to allow a large wave to pass over you.
That set was gnarly, I had to turtle twice to get past that lineup.
#surfing #funboard #longboard #duckdive #rolling
di Wave Kiper 31 luglio 2006
A form of cuddling in which one person lays flat on his/her stomach and their cuddle buddy straddles his/her back like a turtle shell.
"Babe, wanna turtle?"

"Turtle me!"
#turtle #cuddling #cuddle buddy #cuddle positions #snuggle #koalaing #koala
di tinkerbish 22 agosto 2014
Prison slang referring to a "PC" protective custody who wants to hide in his shell. Once labelled a turtle the only way to have that label removed is to assault another turtle
Larry is a fucking turtle! after he was convicted of those skinner charges that fucking turtle tucked into his shell
#prison #slang #goof #squid #skinner
di lingoguy 17 aprile 2014
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