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


To have one's ears burning

To be talked about by others at the moment, often the talker is not present

Next of kin

Closest relatives or family members (sister, brother, parents etc.)

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


To be in cahoots

To secretly plan an event

Son of a gun!

Said to express disbelief, surprise

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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 sell out

To sell all items; arrangement of sale of a business or comany

To be with it

To concentrate; be able to focus

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


Penny wise and pound foolish

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

A good man is hard to find

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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.


Gerhard Schroder

I can't let important policy decisions hinge on the fact that an election is coming up every 90 day

Barbara Bush

I married the first man I ever kissed. When I tell this to my children, they just about throw up.

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