turn in one's grave

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turn in one's grave (third-person singular simple present turns in one's grave, present participle turning in one's grave, simple past and past participle turned in one's grave)

  1. Used other than with a figurative or idiomatic meaning: see turn,‎ in,‎ one's,‎ grave.
  2. (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.