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young Turk

1. A young person who is a member of some progressive, insurgent, or revolutionary political group. (The Young Turks were a nationalist and reformist group in the early 20th-century Ottoman Empire.) The dictatorship was finally toppled by an uprising of young Turks.
2. A young person who rails or rebels against the established sociopolitical system. College is where many people play at being young Turks, experimenting with counterculture and lifestyles that buck the norm.
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young Turk

n. a contentious young person who goes against the system. The young Turks are acting up again.
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