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".
מאת 19D4L 23 באוגוסט, 2012
Condition in which a portion of feces has passed just beyond the anal sphincter.

See also turtle head
Dude I have to shit so bad, i am having a turtle
מאת Andrew Lochhead 21 במאי, 2005
Verb (nautical terminology): to capsize, as in a boat, ship, or other sea-going vessel.
After a merciless bombardment by American dive bombers, the Japanese superbattleship "Yamato" turned turtle and sank, taking nearly her entire crew to the bottom.
מאת speedog 27 ביולי, 2010
n. an uncircumcised penis; the head of the penis enclosed in the prepuce
The turtle came out of its shell while I was playing with it.
מאת Cristal 10 בדצמבר, 2003
Slang term used in the bay area for marijuana. Coined turtle because it's green and makes you move slow.
We just smoked some turtle and are high.
מאת Sean 26 במאי, 2004
Used instead of "thirty" when saying half past the hour.
friend 1: What time is it?
friend 2: It's three turtles.
friend 1: Thanks.
מאת maryJAHne 3 בנובמבר, 2010
The art of taking a backpack, removing all items from the inside, turning it inside out, placing the items back in, along with the straps, and then closing it. The final result closely resembles a turtle shell. The key to this act is timing, and when the person who has been turtled later comes across his/her bag, the look on his/her face will tell you that you have succeeded. This act can be performed purely for the sake of entertainment, or as an act of revenge.
Wow he left his backpack in the bathroom, he definitely deserves to be turtled.
מאת down with browntown 16 באוקטובר, 2010
Used in Hawaii as a slang for 'thirty' when telling time.
John Doe: What time you start tomorrow?
Jane Doe: Oh, five turtles, you?
John Doe: Nine turtles, but I get of at 3!
מאת Kalikus808 10 בינואר, 2011

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