turn in one's grave
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- Used other than with a figurative or idiomatic meaning: see turn, in, one's, grave.
- (idiomatic) to be appalled, offended or disgusted by something, despite being deceased
- Beethoven is probably turning in his grave at the way that rock group mangled his Ninth Symphony.
- The new scientific discovery about the gravitation particle could make Isaac Newton turn in his grave.
to be appalled, offended or disgusted by something, despite being deceased