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


Apple of (someone's) eye

Something precious; someone's favored person; something of great value in someone's opinion

To be taken witch a pinch of salt

To be tricked

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


The devil's own luck and my own too

Very bad luck

A bigmouth

Someone who likes to talk much; arrogant, noisy, egoistic or foolish speaker

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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 fool around

To waste time; to joke; not to be serious; to avoid responsibility

To fill (someone) in

To provide information to someone; to inform

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


It is the thought that counts

Good intentions are of a big value

To go without saying

Something obvious; be known without explaining

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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.


Henri Matisse

Drawing is like making an expressive gesture with the advantage of permanence.

George Galloway

I'm an advocate of the great Dr. Johnson, the English man of letters who said that patriotism was t

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