Turn Turk

Definitions

  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Turn Turk to become a Mohammedan: to go to the bad: to become hopelessly obstinate
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Usage

In literature:

I have just as much mind to the thing as to turn Turk.
"Wit and Wisdom of Don Quixote" by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
Order being thus to some extent re-established at home, Huniades was again able to turn his attention to the Turks.
"Great Men and Famous Women. Vol. 1 of 8" by Various
There has been a mighty talk, too, about my turning Turk.
"The Strange Adventures of Captain Dangerous, Vol. 1 of 3" by George Augustus Sala
The Turks faltered; then turned their backs.
"The Dead Command" by Vicente Blasco Ibáñez
The tables were turned by his subsequent capture by the Turks.
"Great Men and Famous Women. Vol. 5 of 8" by Various
But none of the Turks turn Christian.
"Epistle Sermons, Vol. III" by Martin Luther
The capture of Constantinople by the Turks in 1452 may be taken as the turning point.
"A History of the English Church in New Zealand" by Henry Thomas Purchas
Ferdinand persisted, and then the Turk turned his head towards him.
"The Serapion Brethren," by Ernst Theodor Wilhelm Hoffmann
I helped seize and imprison Corsar Bey, and when the Hungarians began to pursue me for it I turned Turk.
"The Golden Age in Transylvania" by Mór Jókai
The Turk's children, the black-eyed brats of a tawny tint, turn towards the Major and point at him.
"Peasant Tales of Russia" by V.I. Nemirovitch-Dantchenko
This morning we went over two old Greek temples, Demetrius and St. George; they were taken by the Turks and turned into mosques.
"My Diary in Serbia: April 1, 1915-Nov. 1, 1915" by Monica M. Stanley
He shouldn't be surprised to hear of his making a pilgrimage to Mecca, having turned Turk for a change.
"Barren Honour: A Novel" by George A. Lawrence
If I were not a Huguenot, I would turn Turk.
"A Philosophical Dictionary, Volume 1 (of 10)" by François-Marie Arouet (AKA Voltaire)
If he had been a Turk the smell of it would have turned him sick.
"Humours of Irish Life" by Various
An hour before the Christian camp ran the risk of annihilation; it was now the turn of the Turks.
"The Slaves of the Padishah" by Mór Jókai
The mere sight of a Turk turned men's hearts to water, it would seem.
"Naples Past and Present" by Arthur H. Norway
Turk leaped around the colt, and in turn was rubbed and nosed about with speaking little snorts of welcome.
"Tenting on the Plains" by Elizabeth B. Custer
And when that Romaine Sonnings saw no remedy but that he should die, he protested to turn Turk, hoping thereby to have saved his life.
"Fifty-two Stories of the British Navy, from Damme to Trafalgar." by Alfred H. Miles
This commotion was heard across the river, and the Turks turned a machine-gun on.
"The Secrets of a Kuttite" by Edward O. Mousley
The active and sinewy Turk, making one last effort, turns and gets Decatur under him.
"The Boys of 1812 and Other Naval Heroes" by James Russell Soley
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In poetry:

The pale flagbearer disappeared.
"Gone to the rear," the sergeant said;
"Praying would make a Turk afeared;
Those lonesome tunes have turned his head"—
And then the tide of battle neared.
"An Incident Of War" by Maurice Thompson

In news:

With The Turk in Italy, Rossini turns the narrative tables on his own, more popular comedy The Italian Girl in Algiers.
Elizabeth Turk is a sculptor who can seemingly turn marble into lace.
Spoon's Britt Daniels, New Bomb Turks drummer Sam Brown and WolfParade/Handsome Furs member Dan Boeckner turned themselves into anindie supergroup they've dubbed Divine Fits.
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