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".
ayon kay 19D4L ika-23 ng Agosto, 2012
VERB : During a fight, the act of covering up your head with both forearms and cowering. Significantly decreases the effectiveness of an opponent's attacks, however, it carries a massive reputation backlash.

NOUN : The actual act of doing a turtle.

NOUN 2 : Slang term for one who has done a turtle.
'Man, I was gonna beat him down, but he pulled a turtle on me.'
'A'ight, let's do this thang. No guns, no knives, no turtling.'
'I can't believe you wimped out on me! You're such a turtle.'
ayon kay Captain Dork ika-30 ng Disyembre, 2004
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
ayon kay lingoguy ika-17 ng Abril, 2014
A person who has retreated into a metaphorical shell in order to block out all life-related shit and responsibilities.
Joe: I'm going full turtle.

Amy: You can't! You have two essays to write tonight!
Joe: I don't care. I'm a turtle!
ayon kay Therealturtle ika-03 ng Disyembre, 2013
He's got a big turtle means he's got a big belly. It protrudes, forming a turtle shape. The shortened version is - he's got a big turt. It refers to men in the sense that it equates with a beer belly.
Hey did you see his turtle....it was even bigger than the other guys. Gosh, I hope you don't end up with a turt that big,
ayon kay observe ant ika-05 ng Hunyo, 2013
They are best most awesomest animals know to mankind. They are all cool and slow and like SWAG "yo whatupp im a turtle" Only some people know about their plan to dominate the world and make many explosions in the middle of the ocean... watch out for that supper awesome world dominating turtle!
Dude dat turtle so SWAG!

Wait does it have a bomb?!
....
(you're dead)
ayon kay swaggie turtle ika-24 ng Mayo, 2013
noun A name given to sex partner with a hunchback
"I fucked this Turtle the other night."
ayon kay Atom Ekwillz Adam ika-10 ng Mayo, 2013
verb: slow
Am going too fast within the day, I'd better turtle myself down.
ayon kay "Goyo" ika-29 ng Setyembre, 2012

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