turn flukes

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turn flukes

  1. Of a whale: to go under, dive.
  2. (nautical slang) To turn in, go to bed.
    • 1851, Herman Melville, Moby Dick, chapter 3
      But come, it's getting dreadful late, you had better be turning flukes--it's a nice bed; Sal and me slept in that ere bed the night we were spliced.