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  • We know you've seen reference books written for
    English speakers about English and American Idioms.
    And you may have seen books for Turkish speakers on the same subject.
    You may even have seen books for
    Turkish speakers about Turkish Idioms -- all in Turkish.
    But have you ever seen
    a reference for English speakers about Turkish Idioms?
    Well, when we couldn't find one after looking for seven years,
    we decided to do-it-ourselves.
    Observe our sampling just for Turkish idioms that begin
    with the letter


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    Turkish Idioms beginning with the letter I

    The Turkish

    The Literal English Meaning

    The 'Plain' English Meaning

    Comments and Examples

    ıcığını cıcığını çıkarmak to remove 'ıcığını cıcığını'
    [...is a
    Category 3
    that has no meaning except when used in this (or the next) idiom]
    • to study (something) very closely -- in the minutest detail, to research something rigorously, to deeply probe a question, to get to the root (of something)
    • to criticize the smallest details (of something)
    Tüm raporları inceledim, her belgenin, her yazının ıcığını cıcığını çıkardım. I examined all the reports; I studied every document and every article in the minutest detail.
    ıcığını cıcığını sormak to ask 'ıcığını cıcığını'
    [...is a
    Category 3
    that has no meaning except when used in this (or the previous) idiom]
    • to investigate all the peculiarities/characteristics of someone (or some subject)
    • to do research in order to thoroughly learn about a person's family background, his/her basic nature and disposition
    Evleneceğim adamın soyunu sopunu, mal varlığını, kişiliğini; yani ıcığını cıcığını sordum. I have thoroughly investigated the family background, the family wealth, and the personality of the man I'm going to marry. He's a 'fine' person.
    It's a good thing, Mabel, that Uncle Percy did a thorough investigation of my teen-age sweetheart, 'Twiggy' Twilliger -- before we ran off an' got married just out'a high school.
    Why's that Marvin?
    Well, apart from the fact that she was already secretly married with children to the Polynesian pianoman at the Aloha Inn, Percy also learned that she was my first-cousin.
    Good ole Percy. He had a real nose for trouble after all those years doin' security checks for the Energy Department...
    ıkınıp sıkınmak
    Note: Also seen as:
    çok ıkınıp sıkınmak.
    to strain (while defecating or during childbirth) and restrain oneself
    • to struggle mightily; to make a tremendous effort
    • to make an effort with difficulty (or reluctantly) -- due to one's shyness, respect, fear, dislike, or scruple
    • Ikınıp sıkınarak ödevini bitirdi. He finished his homework by expending a great deal of effort.
    • Çok ıkındı sıkındı, ama sevdiği kıza bir türlü sevdiğini söyleyemedi. He made every effort but (because of his shyness), he just couldn't find a way to tell his beloved girlfriend that he loved her.

    ısıtıp ısıtıp önüne koymak (getirmek)

    to warm and warm and put to the front

    to continuously repeat stories about the past to the point of weariness

    Çocukluğunda geçirdiği o olayı ısıtıp ısıtıp önüne koyuyor.

    He keeps repeating that boring story about what happened in his childhood.

    ıvır zıvır...is a
    Category 3
    that has no meaning except when used in this idiom.
    • junk, worthless things
    • trifles, unimportant things
    • nonsense, bunk
    Pazar yerinde satılan ıvır zıvırları doldurmuş. It's filled with junk that's sold at the bazaar.
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    Emin Özdemir, Osman Çizmeciler, Ömer Asım Aksoy, H. Fethi Gözler,
    Ferit Devellioğlu, Nermin and Muammer Yüzbaşıoğlu, Metin Yurtbaşı,
    Halil Uysal, Ali Püsküllüoğlu, Mehmet Hengirmen, and Ali Uslu

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