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The Plain English Meanings of
Turkish Idioms
'Ü'

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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

Ü.

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Turkish Idioms beginning with the letter Ü

The Turkish

The Literal English Meaning The 'Plain' English Meaning Comments and Examples
Üç 
üç aşağı beş yukarı (also, beş aşağı beş yukarı) three down five up (five down five up)about, a small difference, after some bargaining, approximatelySee Category 1 and 5, Turkish doublets.
üç beş three fivea few, a rather small number or portion See Category 1 and 5, Turkish doublets.
üçe beşe bakmamak (not to look) to three to fivenot to be fussy in a bargainSee Category 1 and 5, Turkish doublets.
üçer beşer three at a time five at a timein small groups; small in number, in small portionSee Category 1 and 5, Turkish doublets.
Üs 
Üsküdarda sabah oldu. It became morning in Üsküdar (a suburb of Istanbul).
  • to be late for a job
  • to be late in understanding the meaning of sth
  • to miss the right time for doing sth due to carelessness
  • May be used as shown...
    üslup (yönünden)(from the direction of) style(with regard to) styleHille kentindeki ABD askerleri 'Gelin devriyeye çıkın, korkacak bir şey yok' diyor. Polonyalının cevabı işe şu: 'Bizim üslubumuz farklı. Durum tespiti yapıyoruz. Yakında sokağa çıkarız.' In the city of Hille [Iraq], the American soldiers say, come out and tour around, there's nothing to be afraid of. The Polish [troops] answer is this: 'Our style is different. We're determining the nature of the situation. We'll come out in the street soon.' Hürriyet Gazetesi, 8 September 2003
    üstü başı dökülmek to be poured out (at the) top of the headfor one's clothes to be in tattersCimriliği bırak da kendine yeni bir giysi al artık. Üstün başın dökülüyor. Stop being so stingy and buy yourself some new clothes finally. Your clothes are in tatters.
    Üstü kalsın! Let the top be kept!Keep the change! (that is left over when one has paid more than the stated amount) May be used as shown...
    Also see paranın üstü kalsın -- which may be used too, but which is less common.
    üstü kapalı konuşmak to speak closed (at the) topto speak indirectly/guardedly making it necessary for the listener to 'read between the lines'Susan hanım toplantıda üstü kapalı konuştu ama biz bu konuşma sonucunda işten pek çok kişinin çıkarılacağını anladık. Ms. Susan spoke indirectly at the meeting but we understood that a lot of people would be let go (made redundant from the job) as a result of her speech.
    üstüne bir bardak (soğuk) su içmek to drink a (cold) glass of water on itto give up all hope of getting something (that one has lent) back;
    to 'kiss it goodbye'
    Sen Thomas'a borç mu verdin? Artık o paranın üstüne bir bardak su içebilirsin, çünkü kesinlikle geri ödemez. Did you lend Thomas (some money)? Well then, you can kiss that money good-bye, because he definitely won't pay it back.
    üstüne güneş doğmamak for the sun not to rise on he/she/itto get up before sunriseBabam üstüne güneş doğmadan kalkar, saat 7'de beni uyandırır. My father gets up before dawn, he wakes me at seven (in the morning).
    üstüne gül koklamamak

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    to not smell a rose on him/her/itto love no one else but (one's beloved spouse/partner); to have nothing to do with anyone else but (one's beloved spouse/partner)Benim eşim mükemmeldir, onun üstüne gül koklamam. My spouse is just perfect (for me), I love no one else but him/her.

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    üstüne (üzerine) titremek to tremble on top of itto treat with tender loving care; to watch over anxiously, to care for meticulouslyTek bir çocuğu olmuştu, o da sağlıklı değildi; babası, annesi hasta çocuğun üstüne titriyor, ne isterse onu hemen yapıyorlardı. She was the only child, and she wasn't healthy; her parents watched over the sick child with loving care, they immediately did whatever she wanted.
    üstüne tüy dikmek to sew a feather onSee üstüne tuz biber ekmek. 
    üstüne (üzerine) tuz biber ekmek to add salt and pepper on itto make a bad situation worse, to add 'salt to the wound'Benim acım bana yetiyor, bir de sen tuz biber ekme! I'm suffering enough, so don't you add salt to the wound!
    üstüne yıkmakto demolish on top ofto impute (a misdeed or crime) to (someone), to dump (a hard job/the blame) on (someone)İki yalancı tanık bulmuş, suçu o zavallının üstüne yıkmışlar. They found two lying witnesses, and dumped the blame on that poor unfortunate woman.
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    Emin Özdemir, Osman Çizmeciler, Ömer Asım Aksoy, H. Fethi Gözler,
    Ferit Devellioğlu, Nermin and Muammer Yüzbaşıoğlu,
    Halil Uysal, Ali Püsküllüoğlu, and Ali Uslu

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