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
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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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