Filipino / Tagalog Idiomatic Expression

Idiomatic Expressions (idioms) in the Filipino Language or "Mga sawikain o kawikaang Tagalog" are part of the way of using the Filipino language and these comes naturally to its native speakers.  An idiom is a phrase whose meaning cannot be determined by the literal definition of the phrase itself, but refers instead to a figurative meaning that is known only through common use.  Filipino Idioms are part of the Philippine Literature that has been passed on from generation to generation.

Idioms are probably the hardest thing for a person to learn in the process of learning a new language. Here are the list of the well-known Filipino / Tagalog Idiomatic Expressions that begins in letter u. Clicking an idiom link will open a page that shows its definition, example use in setence, synonyms, antonyms, etc. and bilingual version (text in the original Philippine language and the English translation) are given in order to make them accessible to an international readership.

a 21
b 106
d 24
g 9
h 78
i 65
k 84
l 48
m 210
n 135
p 83
s 38
t 40
u 10
w 31
y 1
  1. to give the full force or the strongest
  1. a very bad character or trait
  1. without father and mother
  1. received congratulations and recognition
  1. murdered another person
  1. a gentleman's agreement that should be fulfilled
  1. a person who acts as an adviser or consultant
  2. a guiding or directing head
  1. having or showing a low level of intelligence
  1. debt of gratitude
  1. a strict command that needs to be obeyed