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


As cocky as the king of spades

To be very proud; to be boastful

Dressed to kill

Dressed for special occasion; wearing one`s finest clothes

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


Shipshape and Bristol fashion

To have everything in order; tidy

To be given the sack

To be dismissed from job; to be fired; to lose a job

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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 knuckle down

To put more effort or work into something

To back out

A) to withdraw support; to resign from a deal; b) to drive away from a parking space

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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.


Lorna Luft

I have a healthy body, free of the chemicals that once controlled it.

James Stewart

I was going to be an architect. I graduated with a degree in architecture and I had a scholarship to

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