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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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To have one's ears burning

To be talked about by others at the moment, often the talker is not present


Next of kin

Closest relatives or family members (sister, brother, parents etc.)


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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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To be in cahoots

To secretly plan an event


Son of a gun!

Said to express disbelief, surprise


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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 sell out

To sell all items; arrangement of sale of a business or comany


To be with it

To concentrate; be able to focus


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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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Penny wise and pound foolish

Someone who does not see the bigger picture but concentrates on small insignificant details; someone


A good man is hard to find


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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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Gerhard Schroder

I can't let important policy decisions hinge on the fact that an election is coming up every 90 day


Barbara Bush

I married the first man I ever kissed. When I tell this to my children, they just about throw up.


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