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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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Once in a blue moon

Seldom; very rarely


The last straw / the final straw

The deciding event; the thing that caused a radical change; final event in a series of unacceptable


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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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Do you know where I'm coming from?

Do you understand what I'm saying?


To use one's loaf

To show one's common sense; to use one's intelligence


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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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A steal

A bargain; something very inexpensive


To get even with

To seek revenge; to retaliate


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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 change is as good as a rest


Penny wise and pound foolish

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


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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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Johnny Depp

Am I a romantic? I've seen 'Wuthering Heights' ten times. I'm a romantic.


George Bernard Shaw

One man that has a mind and knows it can always beat ten men who haven't and don't.


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