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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 R

    The Turkish

    The Literal English Meaning

    The 'Plain' English Meaning

    Comments and Examples

    rafa koymak/ kaldırmak to put on a shelfto shelve (something), to put (something) asideKitap yazma işini şimdilik rafa koyduk, ileride yeniden o konuya döneceğiz. We've shelved writing the book for now, we'll return to the subject again in the future.
    rahat (rahatlık) batmak to sink peace and quiet(for no apparent reason) to give up an easy life or a comfortable position for a different and less-pleasant life/position; to be 'a glutton for punishment'Neden başka şehre gidip sürüneceksin? Burada iyi evin, iyi bir işin var. Rahatlık mı battı? Why are you going to another city to live a miserable life? Here you have a nice home and a good job. Are you a glutton for punishment?
    rahat yüzü görmemekto not see peace and quiet faceto be constantly plagued by troubles, not to have a moment's peaceNe gençliğinde ne de yaşlılığında rahat yüzü gördü. Neither in her youth nor in her old age did she ever have a moment's peace.
    rahatına bakmak to look to (your) peace and quietto only look after one's own comfortRahatına bakar, en yakınlarını bile düşünmez o. She's only out for herself, she doesn't even think of her closest friends.
    rahmet okutmak to cause to read God's mercy
  • (for an unliked person) to make you miss (his/her predecessor)
  • to rue the day that sb left
  • Bu yeni patron Ahmet Bey'e rahmet okuttu.87 This new boss has made us rue the day that Ahmet Bey left.
    rahmetli olmakto be with God's mercyto dieGeçen yıl rahmetli oldu dayım. My uncle died last year.
    rayına oturmak to sit down on a railway trackto put (something) right, to put (something) on the right track, to make (something) run smoothlyGenç karı koca uzun zaman konuştuktan sonra sorunlarını çözüp ilişkilerini rayına oturttular. After they talked things over for a long time, the young married couple solved their problems and got their relationship back on the right track.
    renk vermemek (rengini belli etmemek) to not give color (to not make obvious color)
    1. to pretend to be unaware (of something), to feign ignorance
    2. to hide one's thoughts and feelings (from another), to not show one's 'true colors'
    1. Annem vazoyu kimin bilip bilmediğimizi sorunca kardeşim hiç renk vermedi. When my mother asked if we knew who broke the vase, my brother feigned ignorance.
    2. Bildiği halde hiç renk vermedi. Although he knew [about it], he hid his feelings.
    renkten renge girmekto enter from color to colorfor someone to flush/blush deeply
    (due to embarrassment)
    Öğretmen azarlayınca renkten renge gireriz. When the teacher reproves us, we blush from embarrassment.
    -da rol oynamakto play a role
    • to have a role in, play a part in
    • to put on an act, pretend, playact
    Çocuğun başarısında aile önemli rol oynar. The family plays an important role in a child's success [in life].
    ruhu (bile) duymamaknot to hear (even) spiritto be completely unaware of, not to notice in any way whatsoever
    • Hırsız içeri girerken bekçinin ruhu bile duymamış. The watchmen was totally unaware when the thief entered [the premises].
    • Yüz dirhem yerine doksan dirhem sunsan, kimin ruhu duyar? Who's going to notice [the difference] -- whether you give 100 drachma or 90?
      A. Turan Oflazoğlu
    ruhunu teslim etmek(for) the spirit to be deliveredto dieSaat tam onda ruhunu teslim etti, yanında ben vardım. She died at exactly ten o'clock, I was by her side.
    rüyasında görse hayra yormamak to not tire if one sees it in one's dreamsto not be able to dream that something so wonderful could happen (to someone)Piyangodan bana bu kadar çok paranın çıkacağını rüyamda görsem hayra yormazdım. Bak şu işe sen!
    I could never have dreamed that I'd win so much money in the lottery. And look at me now!
    rüzgar gelecek delikleri tıkamak the wind will come, the holes pluggedto take precautions,
    to be prepared to meet trouble
    Çok düşünceli biridir, her şeyi hesaplar, rüzgar gelebilecek deliklerin hepsini tıkamıştır, hiç merak etmeyin. She's a very careful person. She takes everything into account, she'll be very well prepared -- you needn't worry at all.

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    We wish to extend thanks to
    Emin Özdemir, Osman Çizmeciler, Ömer Asım Aksoy, H. Fethi Gözler,
    Ferit Devellioğlu, Nermin and Muammer Yüzbaşıoğlu,
    Halil Uysal, Ali Püsküllüoğlu, and Ali Uslu

    for their Turkish Idioms source material -- on which some of this page is based.

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