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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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(one's) days are numbered

When a person has a known number of days to exist; often used as a metaphor


Sweat blood

To fear something badly; to be very anxious


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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 come on board

Join the team; join in the fun


To take umbrage

To take offence caused by someone's behaviour


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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 dry out

A) lose moisture b) stop the habit of drinking alcohol


To wear off

Disappear gradually


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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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Charles W. Chesnutt

There's time enough, but none to spare.


Pat Buckley

I believe in the power of weakness.


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