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


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


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


To dry out

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

To wear off

Disappear gradually

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


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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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.


Charles W. Chesnutt

There's time enough, but none to spare.

Pat Buckley

I believe in the power of weakness.

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