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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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Play one's cards close to one's chest

To act carefully or cautious; to be secretive


Alley cat

Homeless cat living away from the streets, a stray cat


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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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Feeling blue / feeling down

Sad, depressed


To pay on the nail

Make a fast payment; pay immediately


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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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On edge

Irritable; upset; anxious; nervous


To give (someone) a break

A) give a person more opportunity; b) if one doesn't agree with someone else


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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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After a storm comes a calm

The worst chaos is followed by period of silence and peace


Beware of Greeks bearing gifts

Warning against trickery and deception (allusion to Homer's Iliad and the Trojan Horse)


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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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Joseph Campbell

Myths are public dreams, dreams are private myths.


George Edward Moore

A man travels the world in search of what he needs and returns home to find it.


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