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The Plain English Meanings of
Turkish Idioms
'İ'

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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

    İ.

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    Turkish Idioms beginning with the letter İ

    The Turkish

    The Literal English Meaning

    The 'Plain' English Meaning

    Comments and Examples

    İç 
    içine atmak to throw to the inside
  • to keep (a worry or problem) to oneself
  • to store away in one's memory (an insult that one has appeared to disregard)
  • See example sentence at:
    yerle bir etmek.
    içine doğmakto be born to the insideto have an intuitive feeling that, have a feeling (that something is going to happen)Besmele ile önündeki kağıda bir şeyler çiziktirmeye başlayan yaşlı adamın içine doğmuş, birden, "Ya hatun," demiş, "senin yüzüğün bir hayvan kursağında görünüyor."115
    Saying the Islamic formula, the old man started scribbling on the paper in front of him and suddenly had an inspiration. "Ah dear lady," he said, "it seems your ring was swallowed by an animal in your garden."
    From a Turkish-idiom story...
    içtikleri su ayri gitmemek (gitmez)to not go separately the water they drankto be extremely close [friends/lovers]Helga, bir zamanlar içtiği su ayrı gitmeyen eski sevgilisi Malcom'ı Hortensia'ya kaptırmanın acısını hala unutmadı. Helga, who was once very close [to Hortensia], still can't forget the pain of Hortensia's stealing away her old lover Malcom. Adapted from a Gözcü Newspaper article (12 Nov 2001) about Demet Akalın (Helga), Demet Şener (Hortensia) and Ibrahim Kutluay (Malcom).
    İd 
    iddiayı kaybetmekto lose claimto lose a betKöyün en zeki adamları iddiayı kaybedip komik duruma düştüler. The smartest guys in the village have lost the bet and been ridiculed.
    İğ 
    iğne atsan yere düşmez if you throw a pin it won't fall to a place
  • the place is packed
  • the place is bursting at the seams
  • the place is extremely crowded
  • Ayrancı Pazarı'nda her çarşamba giyimkuşam fuarı gibi bir pazar kurulmaktadır. Burada iğne atsan yere düşmez. Genellikle mallar piyasa fiyatından düşüktür. Every Wednesday at the Ayranci Pazar [in Ankara] they set up a bazaar like a 'clothes and finery' fair. The place is packed. Usually, the goods are priced below the general market price. Gözcü Gazetesi, 3 March 2004
    See another (illustrated) example sentence at: tıka basa doldurmak.
    İk 
    [-in, -ın] iki ayağını bir pabuca sokmak to insert two feet into one shoe
  • to pressure sb
  • to put pressure on (sb) (to do sth immediately)
  • Çocuklar erkenden kalktılar. Daha kahvaltı bile yapmadan oyuncakçı dükkanına gitmek için, babalarının iki ayağını bir pabuca soktular.102 The children go up early. Without even having breakfast, they put pressure on their father about going to the toystore.

    • iki cami arasında kalmış beynamaza dönmek
    • iki cami arasında kalmış beynamaz gibi
    • iki cami arasında kalan bir namaz

    to fail religious duties between two mosques

    • said of someone who can't choose between two or more alternatives
    • to be confused, perplexed
    • to not know what you will do -- this or that thing. Not to know which side to appproach from.

    Uzun süredir iki cami arasında kalmış beynamaza döndü.


    He took a long time -- unable to make up his mind which choice to make.

    iki çift laf (söz) etmek to make/do two double wordto say a few words (to sb); to have a word or two (with sb)See example sentence at:
    şıp diye
    iki elin on parmağı geçmemek
    to not pass ten fingers on two hands
  • to be quite limited (in number)
  • to not be overly abundant
  • to be countable on the fingers of both hands
  • Sosyete ve iş dünyasının gözde bekarları ve dulları iki elin on parmağını geçmiyor.
    In fashionable society and the business world, the number of attractive bachelors and widows (or widowers) is quite limited (doesn't pass [exceed] ten fingers on two hands). Gözcü Gazetesi, in the 'Yerin kulağı var' society and show-biz column, 14 January 2004
    iki ucu boklu değnek
    This idiom is off-color.
    a stick with shit at both endsSee the off-color definition.Doların düşük olması kimini sevindiriyor, kimini üzüyor; iki ucu pis değnek! Some people are pleased by the dollar's fall, some are distressed [about it]; it's a stick with two dirty ends.
    This cleaned up version of the idiom appeared in Gözcü Gazetesi, 8 June 2003.
    ikide birone in twoconstantly, very frequently, all the timeBu işi bitiriverelim; ikide bir gelip başımıza ekşimesin. Let's finish this work quickly -- then it won't constantly come to burden us.
    ikna etmek
    to make/do persuasion
  • [-ı/-i/-u/-ü] to persuade, to convince
  • [-ı/-i/-u/-ü; -a/-e] to prevail on/upon (sb) (to do sth)
  • Yargıtay kararına göre boşanmak isteyen çiftlerin, her konuda anlaşması ve hakimi de bu yönde ikna etmesi gerekiyor. According to a new Supreme Court decision, couples who want a divorce have to agree on everything and convince a judge of that fact.
  • Aysun Kayacı "Ben tüm takımlara aynı mesafede olmaya çalışıyorum. Emre bu konuda titiz davranıyor ama, yakında onu ikna edip sürpriz bir röportaj yapacağım" dedi. [Model and TV Presenter] Aysun Kayacı said, "I try to keep the same distance from all the [football] teams. Emre [Emre Aşık -- star Beşiktaş footballer and Aysun's fiance] is very fastidious on this subject but, soon I'm going to prevail on him and I'll present a surprise report."
  • İl 
    ileri sürmek to drive to the front
  • to speak one's thoughts (about a subject)
  • to have
    a proposal(s)
  • to want to gain acceptance of an idea
  • to put forward; to put forth; to bring out
  • to drive (sb/sth) forward
  • Annesine "Özel ders almazsa sınıfını geçemez" diyen H.Ç adlı öğretmeninin tecavüzüne uğradığını ileri süren 17 yaşındaki M.A'nın açıklamaları yürek sızlattı. The disclosures of seventeen year-old M.A. (who brought out that she was raped by the teacher named H.Ç. [who told the [girl's] mother, "She can't pass the course without private lessons"] were heartbreaking. Gözcü Gazetesi, 4 July 2003
    ilgi çekmek
    Compare to
    dikkat çekmek.
    to pull relation/connectionto attract attention
  • Geçtiğimiz mayıs ayından itibaren tarifeli seferlerine başlayan 'Naked-Air' beklenenden büyük ilgi çekti. 'Naked-Air' (which began scheduled trips starting last May) has attracted a lot of attention from those who are waiting (to try it). Gözcü Gazetesi, 30 July 2003
    (See photo-article at left.)
  • See another example sentence at
    zaman zaman.

  • ilk göz ağrısı
    Note: this idiom is sometimes shortened to göz ağrısı...
    first eye heavy
    • first love
    • first and only love
    • firstborn child
    İlk göz agrısınım çocuklarımın da babasısın neden senden ayrılayım? Why should I separate from you, you are the father of my children and my first and only love?
    İm 
    imza atmak/etmek to throw signatureto write one's signature; to sign
    My family friend,
    the Taliban terrorist...


    Left click for image enlargement.
    Erdoğan, 23 Mart'ta "Aile dostunun" şeriatçı terörist olduğuna dair hazırlanan Bakanlar Kurulu kararına imza attı. [Turkish Prime Minister] Erdoğan signed a declaration prepared by the Council of Ministers (on 23 March 2003) acknowledging that his "family friend" [in this 1985 photo] was the Islamic-fundamentalist and [Taliban] terrorist [Gülbeddin Hikmetyar].
    Gözcü Gazetesi, 13 July 2003
    (See mini photo-article at left.)
    İn 
    İnşallahGod willing...
    • Hopefully
    • I hope that...
    • I hope so.
    • If nothing unforeseen occurs...
    Used as is...
    [You will hear this traditional idiom
    all the time in Turkey -- multiple times each day!]
    İp 
    ipe sapa gelmez for the rope not to come to the handle
  • confused, inconsistent
  • idiotic, nonsensical
  • vagabond, shiftless
  • "İpe sapa gelmez laflar eden bu kendini bilmezlere haddini bildirecek kimse yok mu? Bu soysuzları Amerika susturmazsa biz susturmasını biliriz." Isn't there anyone who will put these fools (who speak such idiotic words) in their place? If America can't shut them up we know how to do it." Gözcü Gazetesi, 11 September 2003
    ipe un sermek to spread wool to rope
  • to make a lot of excuses, to erect barriers, to set needless conditions -- in order to avoid doing sth
  • to string sb along with promises
  • to be lazy
  • Yapamayacaksan açık söyle, ipe un serme!100 If you're not going to be able do (it), say so openly. Don't make a bunch of excuses.
  • İşimizi görmeye niyeti yok, ipe un seriyor.103 He has no intention of considering our business, he's just stringing us along...
  • ipimle kuşağım, sikimle taşağım
    An Off-color idiom...
    my robe and my sash, my penis and my testicles
    • the things I need, everything I need
    • my basic needs
    • an idiom that is quite obviously gender-specific
    Enflasyon, menflasyon derdim değil. Ipimle kuşağım, sikimle taşağım. Fakir düşünsün. I'm not worried about inflation and other such woes. I've got the things I need. Let the [really] poor think about such things.
    iple çekmek to pull with ropeto be anxiously awaiting for; to be counting the days untilSee example sentence at kozunu paylaşmak.
    İs 
    ister istemez he/she wants, he/she doesn't want
    1. like it or not
    2. as soon as requested
    Click here for an
    Essential Turkish
    sentence example.
    İş 
    • iş işten geçti
    • iş işten geçmeden
    • he passed from job to job
    • without passing from job to job
    • for it to be too late to do anything about
    • before it's too late
     
    işe yaramak
    to be of use to workto be useful, be of use, come in handy, to work out as plannedBir anda ne yapacağını şaşıran ünlü manken, "Ödemeyi daha sonra yaparım" demiş ama bir haftadır o mağazaya uğramıyormuş. Bunu duyan arkadaşlar da, "Ebru'nun kurnazlığı işe yaramadı" yorumunu yapıyor. The famous fashion-model [Ebru Güzel] (who was confused about what she should do for a moment) said, "I'll [come back and] pay later [for her $2500 clothing bill] -- but it's been a week and she hasn't dropped by the store. Friends who heard about [the incident] are commenting, "Ebru's cunning action didn't work out as she planned." Gözcü Gazetesi, 8 January 2004
    işi yokuşa sürmek to drive work to [an] upward slopeto make things difficult; to make problems/difficulties (for); to find various excuses for not doing some task or jobÖnceden yardımcı olacağını söylediği halde işi yokuşa sürdü.99 Although he said earlier that he was going help, he [just] made difficulties [for us].
    işin içinden sıyrılmak to be grazed from work's insideto escape from a difficult situation; to get out of doing something complicatedSee example sentence at
    kırk dereden, etc.
    işin püf noktası See püf noktası.  
    işten bile değil it's not even workit's as easy as pie; easy peasy...Bu furyada bir saate üç kilo balık yakalamak işten bile değil.99 In this run (of fish), it's as easy as pie to catch three kilos of fish.
    İy 
    iyi günlerde kullan (similar to güle güle kullan)use in good dayssaid to wish you well when you buy something new...Used as is...
    iyilik bilmeyendon't know goodnessungratefulnessEy hain! Kendini ne sandın? Işte iyilik bilmeyenin sonu budur. Hey traitor! What do you think of yourself? Look, this is the end of your ungratefulness. The Illustrated Story of Barbarossa, Book 3 Plate 23 by Orhan and Erhan Dündar (1996)
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