(a business) close or be closed down, to become bankrupt or insolvent, the (banker's or merchant's), to be turned over
naak par Gussa honaa
to carry (one's) anger, or temper, at the tip of the nose, have a very short temper, be irritable
a merchant or trader of small capital or stock-in-trade, a petty merchant, bankrupt, broke
suup to suup chhalnii bhii bolii jis me.n bahattar chhed
the kettle calling the pot black, the defective person should look at its own defects before opening the tongue, the one who have a clean image, then it is brag
Rekhta Dictionary Blog
Read tailor-made fun-facts and analysis of selected Urdu Words and learn more about the journey of their meaning
Haan: All about Here, There, and Everywhere!
Words morph, pronunciations whirl, expressions change, and meanings shift, but rarely do we come across utterances that have been so drastically revamped that modern-day speakers need a reintroduction to what they originally sounded like ...continue reading
by Rajat Kumar | 26 August 2022
Agar-Magar: Exploring the World of Ifs and Buts
Ifs and buts create the gray areas in our speech that shine brighter than all other colors produced by all of language. Grammatically a conjunction, or Harf-e-Atf as it’s called in Urdu, this one set of words is just an inevitable part of our vocab. ...continue reading
by Rajat Kumar | 10 August 2022
Waapas: Returning to our Wordly Roots
A word is often meshed with so many warps and wefts (Taana-Baana) that we barely ever realize how nuanced the fabric of language is. But once we do, it seems like nothing short of a fit! On the back of this allegorical intro, let’s return to our tra ...continue reading
by Rajat Kumar | 01 August 2022
Lahja Vs Lahza - Know the Difference!
A great many words in our everyday rhetoric are mispronounced, and no better testament to that exists besides the ‘J’-for-‘Z’ confusion. Take Zamaana spoken as Jamaana, Zor as Jor, Marzi as Marji, and so on ...continue reading
by Rajat Kumar | 20 June 2022
Waghaira: Etymology, Usage, Waghaira Waghaira!
Words often conceal more than they convey. Today, we’ll be unpicking, unpacking, and more, a word we use countless times every day, but are only getting to know now. Waghaira, our very own etcetera, is a word we use here, there, and everywhere. It’s ...continue reading
by Rajat Kumar | 16 June 2022
Epizeuxis: Socho Socho Kya Hai Ye!
Last week I dropped in on an old friend for dinner. Since I had arrived early - around 5-ish - her mother offered tea, which I was only too kind not to refuse. Cutting to the chase, we had tea. It was around 6:15 and we started noshing in on some sna ...continue reading
by Rajat Kumar | 13 June 2022
Alaava Az Alaava: What's More than Moreover
The interplay between a word’s literal and colloquial use often results in discoveries beyond interesting! In this blog, we’ve dug out a familiar - yet not-completely-known word - that might raise your eyebrow to the top ...continue reading
by Rajat Kumar | 09 June 2022
Word Builders: The “Paa” you haven't Found Yet!
Last time around, we picked a tiny, tiny word ‘Jaa’ to lay bare how words actually build our everyday lexicon. Continuing the series, here I am bringing you another little word that has enabled several other words to come to their feet ...continue reading
by Rajat Kumar | 28 April 2022
Word-Builders: The Other ‘Jaa’ in your Vocab
As odd as it may sound, the smallest piece in a puzzle is often the most central to its coming together. It’s also the one that takes the least space and eventually can’t find its place on the maze, at all! On the maze of words too, there are tin ...continue reading
by Rajat Kumar | 28 February 2022
Birth of the Urdu language!!
Urdu was born in the 12th century from the regional Apabhramsha of northwestern India. This newly-born speech was a breed of amalgamation of the Hindu and Muslim cultures (during the 12th to 16th centuries); a composite product of Ganga-Jamuna tehzee ...continue reading
by Sabah Kausar | 21 December 2021
Delete 44 saved words?
Do you really want to delete these records? This process cannot be undone