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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 Ö

    The Turkish

    The Literal English Meaning The 'Plain' English Meaning Comments and Examples
    Öfke baldan tatlıdır...Anger is sweeter than honey.same meaning...A proverbial idiom that May be used as shown...
    öküz öldü ortaklık ayrıldı/bozuldu/bitti The ox is dead, the partnership is separated/broken/ended.Now that the thing that held them together is no more, they have parted company.Öküz öldü ortaklık ayrıldı. Artık selam bile vermiyor.105 After what held them together was no more, they parted company. They don't even greet each other anymore (...even a greeting is not given anymore).
    öküz(ün) altında buzağı aramak
    Also seen as:
    dananın altında buzağı aramak
    to search for an unweaned calf under an ox
  • to try to account for what one is doing with ridiculous excuses
  • to try to place blame on others by using untruthful, fabricated pretexts
  • to try to use sleazy, illogical tactics against sb
  • to 'bark up the wrong tree'
  • Rakiplerimiz bizi yıpratarak, çeşitli bahanelerle bizi suçlu göstermeye çalışıyorlar. Çok dikkatli olun! Bugünlerde herkes öküzün altında buzağı arıyor.102 Our competitors are wearing us out, trying to make us look guilty using various pretexts. Be very careful! These days everybody is using such sleazy tactics.
    Coming soon...
    The Rest of the Idiom Story
    ölme eşeğim ölme (çayır çimen bitecek).
    Note: Also seen as --
  • ölme eşeğim ölme yaza yonca bitecek.
  • ölme eşeğim ölme yaz gelip yonca bitecek/biçerim.
  • Don't die donkey, don't die (the meadow, the wild grass will end).
  • Something that is needed right now, not in the distant future -- because, later, the need for it will have passed.
  • "How much longer will this infernal wait continue?"
  • "If I have to keep on waiting like this, I may as well regard the whole thing as doomed to failure."
  • Bana parayı şimdi vermezsen, bir hafta içinde oturduğumuz ev satılacak. Parayı iki ay sonra verirsen, ölme eşeğim ölme, yaza yonca bitecek.102 If you don't give me the money right now, our home will be sold within a week. If you give me the money two months from now, it will be of no use to me.
    Coming soon...
    The Rest of the Idiom Story
    ölüm döşeği death mattressdeathbedMacera filmlerinin unutulmaz ismi Charles Bronson ölüm döşeğinde! Charles Bronson (an unforgettable name in adventure films) is on his deathbed! Gözcü Gazetesi, 5 June 2003
    ölüm kalım (meselesi) death survival (problem)a matter of life or death, a matter on which everything hingesSavaş ölüm kalım meselesidir. War is a matter of life and death.
    ölümlü dünya(the) world with death, deathly world(the) mortal worldÖlümlü dünyada 'birisine minnettar kalmak' üzüntülerin en ağırı idi. In the mortal world, the heaviest of his sorrows was 'being in debt to someone.'
    ölür müsün, öldürür müsün Do you die, do you kill?
  • Feeling despair when in a difficult personal situation...
  • "I've been put in an impossible situation!"
  • Bak şimdi bu vaziyet karşısında sen olsan ne yaparsın, ölür müsün öldürür müsün, ben ne söylüyorum, o ne diyor.99 Look now, if you were faced with this situation...what would you do? I've been put in an impossible situation! What I'm saying (is this), what he's saying is that.
    öne sürmekto drive to the front
    • to suggest, propose, offer
    • to set forth
    Projenin menajeri bir takım bahaneler öne sürmektedir. The project manager keeps offering a bunch of excuses.
    Also see example sentence at
    sona erdirmek.
    öp babanın elini kiss your father's hand
  • What's to be done now?
  • I don't know what to do now.
  • Tam banyoya gireceğim anda sular kesildi. Öp babanın elini!102 At the very moment I was going to enter the bath, the water was cut off. What am I going to do now?
    öyleyse (öyle ise)in that case, if so, thensame meaning...Öyleyse ikilemeleri oluşturan sözcükler, ancak belirli bir sıraya göre kalıplaşmış olarak kullanılabilirler. In that case, words that form 'doublets' may be called clichés -- but only if they are in a specific order.
    Mehmet Hengirmen, Turkish Grammar
    özlük işleri
    Also seen as
    zat işleri.
    person worksmatters pertaining to personnel 
    özrü kabahatinden büyük

    Also seen as özürü kabahatinden büyük.

    excuse bigger than the faultThe excuse that sb puts forth for doing something (wrong) is even worse than the original (wrong) thing done -- so that the excuse makes matters worse.Person A: Karakola getirilen hırsız aslında silah almak için para çaldığını söyledi.
    Person B: Desene özrü kabahatinden büyük!102
    Person A: The thief being taken to the police station actually said that he stole the money in order to buy a gun.
    Person B: You don't say...He's only made matters worse for himself!
    • özsaygı
    • özsaygısı azalmış
    • personal respect
    • personal undervalued respect
    • self-esteem
    • low self-esteem
    özü sözü doğruself remark truth[one who is] very honest, very trustworthyEmir Sultan, sözleri ve ögütleriyle, Anadolu'nun aydınlık getiren, özü sözü doğru mürşidi olmuştu. Emir Sultan became a very trustworthy mentor, who helped bring about the enlightenment of Anatolia with his advice and counsel. Mehmet Önder, Anadolu'yu Aydınlatanlar, pg 80
    özür dilemek
    to wish (valid) excuseto beg (someone's) pardon; to apologize (to); to make an apology (to)
  • Geçtiğimiz günlerde Akşam'ın pazar eki Yaşam'da saçını boyanan ve peruk takan sanatcılarla ilgili bir haber yayınlandı. Haberde: Uğur Dündar'ın da saçını boyattığı belirtildi. Doğru değildi, gazete de kendisinden özür diledi. In recent days, in the Sunday 'Life' supplement of the 'Evening' newspaper, a story was published concerning show-people who colored their hair and wore wigs. The article reported that [Presenter] Uğur Dündar colored his hair. It wasn't true and the newspaper apologized to him. Gözcü Gazetesi, 27 November 2003
  • Sonradan ben de pişman oldum. Sizden özür dilemeğe geldim.99 Afterwards, I also regretted (it).
    [So] I came to apologize to you.

    M.Ş. Esendal
  • özürü kabahatinden büyük See özrü kabahatinden büyük  
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