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


Lovely weather for ducks

Rainy weather; rains too much to go out

Hide one's face in shame

To be ashamed or embarrassed of something

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


To get out from under

To become stable again, to regain control (usually said of a financial situation)

Stand adjourned

To be dismissed from duty; to end a meeting

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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


Touch and go

Something risky; bearing a degree of uncertainty

To step on

A) to discipline or treat severely b) to go faster; work quicker

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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.


William Plomer

Creativity is the power to connect the seemingly unconnected.

Agnes Repplier

A kitten is chiefly remarkable for rushing about like mad at nothing whatever, and generally stoppin

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