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Young Turk

a member of a Turkish reformist and nationalist party that was founded in the latter part of the 19th century and was the dominant political party in Turkey in the period 1908–18.
an insurgent in a political party, especially one belonging to a group or faction that supports liberal or progressive policies:
The leadership of the party passed from the cautious old-line conservatives to the zealous Young Turks.
Also, young Turk, young turk. any person aggressively or impatiently advocating reform within an organization.
Origin of Young Turk
1900-05 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • With the advent of young-turk nationalism to power, however, all was changed.

    The New World of Islam Lothrop Stoddard
  • The young-turk revolution of 1908 caused a new shift in the situation.

    The New World of Islam Lothrop Stoddard
  • The young-turk revolution of 1908 greatly complicated the situation.

    The New World of Islam Lothrop Stoddard
British Dictionary definitions for young-turk

Young Turk

a progressive, revolutionary, or rebellious member of an organization, political party, etc, esp one agitating for radical reform
a member of an abortive reform movement in the Ottoman Empire, originally made up of exiles in W Europe who advocated liberal reforms. The movement fell under the domination of young Turkish army officers of a nationalist bent, who wielded great influence in the government between 1908 and 1918
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Young Turk definition

An insurgent person trying to take control of a situation or organization by force or political maneuver. The term originated from the mostly young Turkish officers who overthrew Ottoman rulers after World War I.

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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Slang definitions & phrases for young-turk

you name it


You cannot designate anything not included here; the WHOLE SCHMEAR: Casinos, giant water slides, aquariums, old-time steam engines, wine tasting, you name it: attracting tourists has become the gold rush of the '90s

[1962+; fr the retailing locution you name it, we got it]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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