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Idioms

id•i•om

A group of words established by usage as having a meaning not deducible from those of the individual words

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Take an oath

To declare telling the truth; to swear to something


Between the devil and the deep sea

Situation where any decision taken will have bad consequence


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Phrases

phrase

A small group of words standing together as a conceptual unit, typically forming a component of a clause.

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Cut (someone) some/a little slack!

To give someone a chance


Don't hold your breath

Even if something good happened the result will take considerable time; do not wait to witness somet


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Phrasal Verbs

phras•al verb

An idiomatic phrase consisting of a verb and another element, typically either an adverb, or a preposition

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To clear up

A) when the sky becomes clear; to become sunny b) to explain and make more understandable


To do away with (something)

To terminate, to end definitely


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Proverbs

pro•verb

A short pithy saying in general use, stating a general truth or piece of advice

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A woman's work is never done

Said of a woman working mostly at home: woman is always working even when not earning money because


Big fish eat little fish

In business, large companies will usually succeed


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Quotes

quote

Repeat or copy out (a group of words from a text or speech), typically with an indication that one is not the original author or speaker.

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Alexander Pope

To err is human; to forgive, divine.


Michael Malone

I think the greatest taboos in America are faith and failure.


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