young turk

young turk


  • a young person who has many new ideas and wants a reform
  • a young person eager for rigorous re-order to the established order.
  • a member of one or more of the insurgent groups in Turkey in the late 19th century who rebelled against Ottoman's rule
  • a young person who is defiant and insubordinate to dominate in a company, team or organization.

Example Sentences

  1. The beginning of the young turk's party was after they started becoming organized and confident of their power and abilities.
  2. It is a very famous saying that the young turk could conquer the hearts of beautiful girls even as their enemy.
  3. The thought of leaving his mother and family in order to fight a war which was not even his truly saddened the young turk .
  4. Shivaji Maharaj was a young turk that could not be tamed and he thirsted glory and victory in all his wars.


The origin of this Idiom can be traced back to as early as 1929 when a group of people who were fervent  about reforms were known as 'Young Turks'. The figurative expression of the idiom 'young turks'  means 'the new breed, impatient for change'.The Three Pashas - Mehmed Talaat (aged 34 in 1908), Ismail Enver (27) and Ahmed Djemal (36), were called the 'Young Turks' because they were members of Turkish Nationalist party and led the Turkish revolution of 1908.The idiom was later used by  American President Churchill when he disagreed with some of Prime Minister's argument.He said,"You're just like the Young Turks in my government.".

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