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


To lose one's head

To lose self-control, think illogically

To take the biscuit / one takes the biscuit

The worst

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


Be brainy

To be intelligent, geek, have a mind of a genius or inventor

Never going to set the Thames alight / on fire

Not likely to achieve something above the average; unlikely to do something impressive (work, studie

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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


To clue (someone or something) in

To inform; to provide a background information

A steal

A bargain; something very inexpensive

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



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.


Edward Furlong

I don't think anyone has a normal family.

Andre Gide

"Therefore" is a word the poet must not know.

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