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Collected from various sources by U Kyaw Tun (UKT), M.S. (I.P.S.T., U.S.A.), and staff of TIL (Tun Institute of Learning, http://www.tuninst.net ) for staff and students of TIL Computing and Language Center, Yangon, Myanmar. Not for sale.

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ya yada yak yawner yellow yellow belly yeow yep yeppers yikes yin yang yo yokel yonder over there you and the horse you rode in on you bet your boots you betcha you can bet your bottom dollar you can lead a horse to water but you can't make him drink you can run but you can't hide

 

ya

From Magnuson
ya
-- yikes Internet link ya

ya -- yes, yep, yo, uh-uh
"Did you graduate from high school?" "Ya. I got a diploma."

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yada

From Magnuson
yada --
idle talk, chatter, yak
He's always talking - yada, yada!

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yak

From Magnuson
yak --
talk a lot, visit, a chin wag
When I went to bed, Kate and Mom were still yakking away about the children.

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yawner

From Magnuson
yawner --
(See a yawner)

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yellow

From Magnuson
yellow --
lacking courage, afraid to defend, chicken
Some fans think he's yellow because he doesn't fight.

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yellow belly

From Magnuson
yellow belly --
a coward, a person who is afraid to do something
Smith, you yellow belly! Jump in the water and swim!

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yeow

From Magnuson
yeow --
oh, wow, yikes
Yeow! That stove is hot!

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yep

From Magnuson
yep --
yes, uh-huh, ya, yo
"Do you like country music?" "Yep. I like the hurtin' songs."

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yeppers

From Magnuson
yeppers --
yes, afraid so, uh-huh, ya, yo
"Do I have to come home by 9?" "Yeppers, that's what we agreed."

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yikes

From Magnuson
yikes --
oh,gee, gosh, yeow
Yikes! There's a spider on me!

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yin yang

yin yang

From Magnuson
yin yang
-- you can run but you can't hide Internet link yin yang

yin yang -- an opening or space, everywhere, all over hell's half acre
Australia has too many rabbits. They have rabbits coming out of their yin yang.

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yo

From Magnuson
yo --
yes, hello, I hear you, okay
When they call to you, just answer, "Yo!"

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yokel

From Magnuson
yokel --
(See local yokel)

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yonder over there

From Magnuson
yonder over there --
the direction I am pointing, that direction, that way
You're looking for wild geese? They're yonder over there, feeding in the corn fields.

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you and the horse you rode in on

From Magnuson
you and the horse you rode in on --
you and your horse go, both you and your horse, screw you and the horse
"Did you say I should leave?" "Ya, you and the horse you rode in on. Git goin!"

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you bet your boots

From Magnuson
you bet your boots --
believe it, certainly, you can count on it
The cowboy said, "You bet your boots I'm going to the rodeo."

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you betcha

From Magnuson
you betcha --
that is correct, right; you got it
When I asked, "Are you coming?" she said, "You betcha."

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you can bet your bottom dollar

From Magnuson
you can bet your bottom dollar --
you can be sure of it, you can bet your last dollar on it
If Terry knows about the dance, you can bet your bottom dollar he'll be there.

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you can lead a horse to water but you can't make him drink

From Magnuson
you can lead a horse to water but you can't make him drink --
you can provide what they need but you cannot force them to use it
We provide information, but I wonder if they read it. You can lead a horse to water... .

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you can run but you can't hide

From Magnuson
you can run but you can't hide --
you can run away but you cannot hide from your past or your problems
When I told a priest I was going away to forget my past, he said, "You can run, but you can't hide."

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Y03. you can thank your lucky stars -- you have to be good to be lucky Internet link you can thank your lucky stars

you can thank your lucky stars -- you were lucky, be thankful you are safe
He can thank his lucky stars that a doctor was there. He nearly died.

you can't make a silk purse out of a sow's ear -- you cannot improve the quality of junk; cannot make gold from iron
When Hal put a Mercedes star on his Ford, I said, "You can't make a silk purse out of a sow's ear."

you can't sell anybody if you don't love everybody -- you will be more successful if you have love in your heart
"So you're going into sales?" "Yes. Do you have any advice?" "Well, a saying from Beverly Hills Cop may be helpful in sales - or any occupation: You can't sell anybody if you don't love everybody!"

you can't teach an old dog new tricks -- old dogs and old people do not like to change or learn, die hard
Our senior employees don't like computer training - you can't teach an old dog new tricks.

you can't tell a book by its cover -- the cover or surface does not reveal its contents, beauty is only skin deep
If you buy a car because it looks nice, remember this: you can't tell a book by its cover.

you don't miss the water till the well runs dry -- you do not appreciate some things until they go away or become extinct
Now we have only memories of our song birds. You don't miss the water till the well runs dry.

you don't say -- that is surprising, how about that
"We have ten kids," the man said. "You don't say!" my mom replied.

you got it -- you have the answer, you are doing it right
"You got it, kid!" the coach said. "That's the way to score!"

you had to be there -- to understand, you should have been there with me; it was funny then
When I said, "Goo!" everybody laughed and clapped. I guess you had to be there.

you have to be good to be lucky -- people with ability cause their own good luck, prepare like crazy
Athletes don't wait for good luck. They try to improve, knowing you have to be good to be lucky.

Y04. you need money to make money -- young at heart Internet link you need money to make money

you need money to make money -- you have to spend money to make a profit, nothing succeeds like...
If I had money, I would invest in real estate. It's true that you need money to make money.

you reap whatsoever you sow -- you will see the long-term effects of your actions, chickens come home...
Youthful passion can produce a lifetime of consequences. We reap whatsoever we sow.

you snooze, you lose -- if you are not alert you will lose an opportunity, seize the opportunity
Store clerks sometimes charge too much for a product. If you snooze, you lose.

you're full of it [B] -- you are a liar, you are full of shit [B]
If you think I'm joining that cult, you're full of it.

you're kidding -- you are joking, you are not serious
You're kidding. Jen wouldn't take off her clothes and climb a tree.

you're not kidding/ you aren't kidding -- you are right, you are not joking
"It's really cold today," Jen said. "You aren't kidding!" he replied.

you're on -- you have a deal, you have a date
When she suggested they go out for dinner, he said, "You're on."

you're only as good as your last shift -- you are judged by your most recent work, don't rest on your laurels
If you believe that you're only as good as your last shift, you should do your best every day.

you've got to be kidding -- you must be telling me a joke, get out of town, you're kidding
"The manager wants me to give him a massage every afternoon." "You've got to be kidding!"

young at heart -- feeling or thinking that you are young, youthful
Sarah is over sixty, but she's young at heart.

Y05. your goose is cooked -- yummy Internet link your goose is cooked

your goose is cooked -- (See goose is cooked)

your lip -- your sharp words, your bad replies
I don't want any more of your lip, Son. Don't say no to me.

your number is up -- the time has come, it is your turn to die
When your number's up, you go. That's how I feel about dying.

your own worst enemy -- hurt yourself, shoot yourself in the foot
If you use cocaine, you'll be your own worst enemy.

your turn -- your chance, your try
The clerk said, "Wait your turn. Wait until I can serve you."

yours truly -- me, myself, the writer or speaker
The announcer said, "This is yours truly, Danny Burrows, saying goodbye for now."

yoyo -- fool, dipstick, jerk, nerd
I was parking my car when this yoyo on a motorcycle started driving in circles around me.

yuk -- awful, gross, ugly
When Jenny cooks beef liver, the kids say, "Yuk!"

yum -- it tastes good, I like it
Yum! This soup is good!

yummy -- delicious, tasty
I don't like J-Bars, but the kids think they're yummy.

Y06. Idioms: yuppie -- yuppie Internet link yuppie

yuppie -- young, upwardly-mobile, professional person
The yuppies are buying BMW's, but can they afford them?

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