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                      IDIOMS WITH WHITE

 

1) The Idiom: as white as a ghost

    Meaning: very pale because of shock, fear and illness

    Sample Sentence: The thief was as white as a ghost when a policeman came near him.

    Turkish Equivalence: beti benzi atmak

 

2) The Idiom: as white as a sheet

   Meaning: pale

    Sample Sentence: Jane was as white as a sheet because of the illness she had suffered for months.

   

3) The Idiom: as white as the driven snow/white as a driven snow

    Meaning: very white

    Sample Sentence: His new pullover is as white as driven snow.

    Turkish Equivalence: kar gibi bembeyaz, tertemiz

 

4) The Idiom: black and white

    Meaning:either good or bad, either one way or the other way but not in between

    Sample Sentence: He thinks everything is black and white by prejudging the things or situations before.

    Turkish Equivalence: bir şeyi ya iyi olarak görmek ya da kötü olarak görmek, akla kara

 

5) The Idiom: in black and white

    Meaning: in writing, officially

    Sample Sentence: I handed in my term homework in black and white.

    Turkish Equivalence: yazıyla, yazılı olarak

 

6) The Idiom : white elephant

    Meaning: a useless, an unwanted possession that often costs money to maintain

    Sample Sentence: Your car is a white elephant, as it often breaks down, causing you too much expenditure.

    Turkish Equivalence: sahibinin işine yaramayan, sahibi için dert olan, fuzuli eşya

 

7) The Idiom: put (something) down in black and white

    Meaning: to write the details of a contract or something on paper

    Sample Sentence: Can you put this job’s contract down in black and white?

   

8) The Idiom: raise a white flag

    Meaning: to indicate that you have been defeated and you want to give up

    Sample Sentence: After we captured them, they had to raise a white flag.

    Turkish Equivalence: teslim olmak

 

9) The Idiom: white lie

    Meaning: a harmless or small lie told to be polite or to avoid hurting someone’s feelings

    Sample Sentence: He told a white lie when his father asked where he was going.

    Turkish Equivalence: zararsız yalan, beyaz yalan

 

10) The Idiom: white sale

       Meaning: the selling of towels or sheets at a reduced price

       Sample Sentence: My mother bought three towels and two sheets at white sale.

       Turkish Equivalence: örtü, çarşaf, havlu satımı

 

11) The Idiom: white-tie event

       Meaning: an event that requires guests to wear formal dress such as men wearing white           bow ties with formal evening dress

       Sample Sentence: There was a white-tie wedding ceremony last week which I had to attend.

    

12) The Idiom: whitewash (something)

      Meaning: to cover up errors, faults; camouflage

      Sample Sentence: The man over there tried to whitewash the selling of prohibited products.

      Turkish Equivalence: örtbas etmeye çalışmak

 

13) The Idiom: lily-white

      Meaning: completely white in color

      Sample Sentence: She touched the lily-white face of this newborn child.

      Turkish Equivalence: bembeyaz, zambak gibi beyaz

 

14) The Idiom: the men in white coats

      Meaning: doctors who look after people who are mentally ill

      Sample: You are joking! If this is true, you must be under the control of the men in white coats.

      Turkish Equivalence: deli doktoru

 

15) The Idiom: pretend that black is white

      Meaning: to say the opposite of what is really true

      Sample Sentence: He pretended that black is white to make her believe him.

      Turkish Equivalence: tersini söylemek

 

16) The Idiom: a white knight

      Meaning: someone who gives money to a company in order to prevent it from being     bought by another company

      Sample Sentence: They are waiting for a white knight to save them from the necessity of selling their company to their rivals.

      

17) The Idiom: white trash (very informal)

      Meaning: an offensive way of describing poor white people who are not educated

      Sample Sentence: The rate of the white trash living in America shouldn’t be underestimated.

      Turkish Equivalence: beyaz ırktan olan fakirler

 

18) The Idiom: white-bread

      Meaning: white-bread people or things are ordinary and boring, and often those that are typical of white, American people

      Sample Sentence: I wonder how these white-bread people’s lives can be so ordinary.

     

19) The Idiom: white-collar worker

      Meaning: a white-collar worker is someone who works in an office, doing mental work rather than physical work

      Sample Sentence: Do the white-collar workers earn more than those working physically?

      Turkish Equivalence: beyaz yakalı, kol gücü yerine kafa gücünü kullanarak çalışan kimse

 

20) The Idiom: black-and-white

      Meaning: If you think facts and situations are black and white, you have a simple and very certain opinion about them, often when other people think they are really more complicated. A very clear choice that cause no confusion

      Sample Sentence: It is black-and-white for me to comment on political issues.

      Turkish Equivalence: kesin bir dille, kesin belirlemelerle

     

21) The Idiom: lily-white

      Meaning: having only white people near, often because of a wish to keep black people away

      Sample Sentence: Is it possible to see a black and a white person close to each other in this lily-white area?

     

22) The Idiom: whiter than white

      Meaning: someone who is whiter than whiter is completely good and honest and never does anything bad

      Sample Sentence: If you have a friend who is whiter than white is, then he or she is a real friend for you.

   

23) The Idiom: like white on rice

      Meaning: If you do something like white on rice, you do it very closely.

      Sample Sentence: While going to school in the morning, Daniel walked near Jane like white on rice.

     

24) The Idiom: tell a white lie

      Meaning: to say something isn’t true in order not to offend someone

      Sample Sentence: Although Mary’s drawing isn’t very good, I told a white lie in order not to make her feel disappointed.

      Turkish Equivalence: beyaz yalan söylemek                                                                                                                                                                          

 

25) The Idiom: wave the white flag

      Meaning: to give up, weaken, yield

      Sample Sentence: I decided to wave the white flag and admit that he was right at that point.

      Turkish meaning: teslim olmak, teslim etmek

 

26) The Idiom: carte blanche (written in French)

      Meaning: permission to do what you want

      Sample Sentence: I got carte blanche to do what I wanted after I was eighteen years old.

      Turkish Equivalence: sınırsız özgürlük

 

27) The Idiom: white feather

      Meaning: the sign of cowardice

      Sample Sentence: I saw white feather in his eyes that he wasn’t brave enough to deal with that situation.

      Turkish Equivalence: korkaklık alameti

 

28) The Idiom: white-livered

      Meaning: someone who is scared of almost everything

      Sample Sentence: She is so white-livered that she may scream when she hears any noise in her house.

      Turkish Equivalence: korkak, ödlek

 

29) The Idiom: white at the lips

      Meaning: someone who is frightened so much

      Sample Sentence: When she came across with a brutal dog in that abandoned house, she was white at the lips.

      Turkish Equivalence: çok korkmuş, korkudan benzi sararmış

 

30) The Idiom: white as wool

      Meaning: As white as snow, very white              

      Sample Sentence: Her sheets are white as wool, since she often washes them.

      Turkish Equivalence: pamuk gibi beyaz

 

31) The Idiom: white-tie affair

      Meaning: its meaning is the same with white-tie event; something requires people to wear formal dress.

      Sample Sentence: My friend had to go to that white-tie affair dinner even if he didn’t like wearing formally.

     

32) The Idiom: lily-white

      Meaning: completely honest

      Sample Sentence: He is not a lily-white. I saw him going out last night, but he said he had been ill and would be resting at home.

    

33) The Idiom: white head

       Meaning: pimple with a head full of pus

       Sample Sentence: How is he so easy when he is a whitehead? I think he should see a doctor.

      

34) The Idiom: white-faced

       Meaning: very frightened

       Sample Sentence: When she got word of her husband death, she became white-faced.

       Turkish Equivalence: beti benzi atmış, yüzü bembeyaz olmuş

 

35) The Idiom: bleed somebody white

       Meaning:  to take someone’s whole money

       Sample Sentence: He bled his brother white by taking all of his money.

       Turkish Equivalence: soyup soğana çevirmek, bütün parasını almak

 

36) The Idiom: white light

       Meaning: light that is as white as sunshine

       Sample Sentence: I couldn’t make it out in that white light.

       Turkish Equivalence: güneş ışığı gibi bembeyaz ışık

 

37) The Idiom: white heat

       Meaning: anger that is at the top point

       Sample Sentence: He has so white heat that, don’t try to argue with him about any simple matter.

       Turkish Equivalence: şiddetli öfke

 

38) The Idiom: see things in black and white

      Meaning: to have a simple view of what is right and wrong or good and bed

      Sample Sentence: He has the ability of seeing things in black and white, so he doesn’t confuse his mind much about the complicated issues.

     

39) The Idiom: show the white feather

      Meaning: If someone shows the white feather, they are cowards.

      Sample Sentence: He showed the white feather by giving up that important project.

      Turkish Equivalence: gözü korkmak

 

40) The Idiom: white –headed boy

      Meaning: someone who is seen at the top by other people

      Sample Sentence: John is white-headed boy in our school, so everybody knows him.

      Turkish Equivalence: gözde kişi

 

41) The Idiom: be bleed white

      Meaning:

      Sample Sentence:

      Turkish Equivalence: iliği kemiği kurumak

 

42) The Idiom: white man

      Meaning: an honest, honorable man

      Sample Sentence: He had lived as a white man until he died.

 

43) The Idiom: show/hoist the white flag

      Meaning: to declare that you give up

      Sample Sentence: I didn’t want to argue with you anymore, so I showed the white flag.

      Turkish Equivalence: teslim olmak

 

44) The Idiom: say that black is white

      Meaning: to say the opposite of the true things

      Sample Sentence: He has a tendency to say that black is white in order to deceive people around him.

      Turkish Meaning: bir şeyin tersini söylemek

 

45) The Idiom: go as white as a sheet

      Meaning: become extremely pale in the face

      Sample Sentence: While she was talking to phone, she went as white as a sheet.

 

46) The Idiom: white coffee 

       Meaning: coffee with milk (note: not white tea; instead; tea with milk)

       Sample Sentence: I prefer white coffee to bitter coffee.

 

47) The Idiom: dirty-white-collar workers

       Meaning: dirty-white-collar workers are the ones at the position of executive or management, doing illegal works and tricking other people

       Sample Sentence: If people tried to do their jobs honestly and fairly, there wouldn’t be as many dirty-white-collar workers as now.

       Turkish Equivalence: yönetici ya da yetkili durumunda olup üçkağıt ve kanunsuz yollara sapmış olanlar

 

48) The Idiom: to work in black and white

       Meaning: Chinese ink

       Sample Sentence: I have to work in black and white for my written assignment.

       Turkish Equivalence: çini mürekkebi; karakalemle resim yapmak

 

49) The Idiom:  black and white

      Meaning: shown in black and white, and also grey

      Sample Sentence: I like looking at these black and white photos again and again.

      Turkish Equivalence: siyah beyaz, renksiz

 

50) The Idiom: whitey

       Meaning: an offensive word for a white person or white people in general

       Sample Sentence: Black people look down on whitey people.

       Turkish Equivalence: ırkçı beyaz, siyah ırka baskı yapan kimse

 

 

REFERENCES:

 

http://www.idiomconnection.com

http://www.usingenglish.com/reference/idioms/

http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/learningenglish/grammar/learnit/learnitv337.shtmlhttp://

www.ingilizce-ders.com/ingilizce-ders/sozcuk-testleri/renkler-deyim-02

 

 

Comments (3)

Seda Can said

at 3:00 pm on Dec 25, 2008

IDIOMS WITH WHITE

1) The Idiom: as white as a ghost
Meaning: very pale because of shock, fear and illness
Sample Sentence: The thief was as white as a ghost when a policeman came near him.
Turkish Equivalence: beti benzi atmak

2) The Idiom: as white as a sheet
Meaning: pale
Sample Sentence: Jane was as white as a sheet because of the illness she had suffered for months.

3) The Idiom: as white as the driven snow/white as a driven snow
Meaning: very white
Sample Sentence: His new pullover is as white as driven snow.
Turkish Equivalence: kar gibi bembeyaz, tertemiz

4) The Idiom: black and white
Meaning:either good or bad, either one way or the other way but not in between
Sample Sentence: He thinks everything is black and white by prejudging the things or situations before.
Turkish Equivalence: bir şeyi ya iyi olarak görmek ya da kötü olarak görmek, akla kara

5) The Idiom: in black and white
Meaning: in writing, officially
Sample Sentence: I handed in my term homework in black and white.
Turkish Equivalence: yazıyla, yazılı olarak

6) The Idiom : white elephant
Meaning: a useless, an unwanted possession that often costs money to maintain
Sample Sentence: Your car is a white elephant, as it often breaks down, causing you too much expenditure.
Turkish Equivalence: sahibinin işine yaramayan, sahibi için dert olan, fuzuli eşya


9) The Idiom: white lie
Meaning: a harmless or small lie told to be polite or to avoid hurting someone’s feelings
Sample Sentence: He told a white lie when his father asked where he was going.
Turkish Equivalence: zararsız yalan, beyaz yalan

Seda Can said

at 3:01 pm on Dec 25, 2008

10) The Idiom: white sale
Meaning: the selling of towels or sheets at a reduced price
Sample Sentence: My mother bought three towels and two sheets at white sale.
Turkish Equivalence: örtü, çarşaf, havlu satımı

11) The Idiom: white-tie event
Meaning: an event that requires guests to wear formal dress such as men wearing white bow ties with formal evening dress
Sample Sentence: There was a white-tie wedding ceremony last week which I had to attend.

12) The Idiom: whitewash (something)
Meaning: to cover up errors, faults; camouflage
Sample Sentence: The man over there tried to whitewash the selling of prohibited products.
Turkish Equivalence: örtbas etmeye çalışmak

13) The Idiom: lily-white
Meaning: completely white in color
Sample Sentence: She touched the lily-white face of this newborn child.
Turkish Equivalence: bembeyaz, zambak gibi beyaz

14) The Idiom: the men in white coats
Meaning: doctors who look after people who are mentally ill
Sample: You are joking! If this is true, you must be under the control of the men in white coats.
Turkish Equivalence: deli doktoru

15) The Idiom: pretend that black is white
Meaning: to say the opposite of what is really true
Sample Sentence: He pretended that black is white to make her believe him.
Turkish Equivalence: tersini söylemek

Seda Can said

at 3:01 pm on Dec 25, 2008

10) The Idiom: white sale
Meaning: the selling of towels or sheets at a reduced price
Sample Sentence: My mother bought three towels and two sheets at white sale.
Turkish Equivalence: örtü, çarşaf, havlu satımı

11) The Idiom: white-tie event
Meaning: an event that requires guests to wear formal dress such as men wearing white bow ties with formal evening dress
Sample Sentence: There was a white-tie wedding ceremony last week which I had to attend.

12) The Idiom: whitewash (something)
Meaning: to cover up errors, faults; camouflage
Sample Sentence: The man over there tried to whitewash the selling of prohibited products.
Turkish Equivalence: örtbas etmeye çalışmak

13) The Idiom: lily-white
Meaning: completely white in color
Sample Sentence: She touched the lily-white face of this newborn child.
Turkish Equivalence: bembeyaz, zambak gibi beyaz

14) The Idiom: the men in white coats
Meaning: doctors who look after people who are mentally ill
Sample: You are joking! If this is true, you must be under the control of the men in white coats.
Turkish Equivalence: deli doktoru

15) The Idiom: pretend that black is white
Meaning: to say the opposite of what is really true
Sample Sentence: He pretended that black is white to make her believe him.
Turkish Equivalence: tersini söylemek

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