turn

(redirected from turned tail)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Legal, Financial, Idioms, Encyclopedia.

turn

(tŭrn),
To revolve or cause to revolve; specifically, to change the position of the fetus within the uterus to convert a malpresentation into a presentation permitting normal delivery.
[A.S. tyrnan]
Obstetrics Version; the rotation of a foetus for vaginal delivery
Public health The abrupt change in a domesticated animal’s behaviour, from docile to aggressive, resulting in attacks on humans, which may be fatal; turning is most common in pitbull terrriers and rottweilers, which together cause the bulk of dog bite-related fatalities in the US
References in periodicals archive ?
Unfortunately the Foyle Flipper turned tail before reaching the city and buggered off back into the Atlantic - thus proving aquatic scientists wrong.
Paul said he asked for the store manager who turned tail and wouldn't speak to him and he was fobbed off with the woman who had asked Vanessa to leave in the first place.
Instead of leaving via the conventional method she turned tail and clambered up the grass bank causing great consternation to the baying pack.
The French thought that Collingwood had sighted a large British fleet over the horizon and turned tail and fled back to harbour.
If this was me, having seen nothing on that first scan I would have turned tail and headed home.
A pet dog which turned tail and went missing after travelling half way around the world to the North-East was re-united with her delighted owner yesterday.
The motive was the feud and the stage had been reached when there was an armed confrontation and when Fields and the other man turned tail and ran there were three shots from Shacklady's gun and one ricocheted and struck him in the head from behind.
Poor trading on Wall Street also hurt the mood - the Dow Jones Industrial Average initially opened ahead but turned tail as investors cautiously awaited a stream of results and corporate outlooks.
As he pointed the rifle at one's head, they both turned tail and ran from the store empty-handed.
Five-year-old Katie, picked from an RSPCA home just four days previously, turned tail at 8am on Tuesday as her new owner tried to help the neighbour tackle the thief in Priory Street, Stockingford.
And instead of taking all of the inquiries - inquiries he has necessitated - instead of taking it on the chin like a man, Chuckie pitched a hissy fit, right there in front of the committee and God and the cameras - and then he turned tail and scampered off.

Full browser ?