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


To be put through the hoop

To be punished; to be disciplined for wrongdoing

A slap in the face

An insult (probably deliberate)

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


To push the line

To go too far in one's actions; to go over the limit of usually acceptable

To learn the ropes

To learn or grasp the routine procedures

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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 stir up

To cause anger; to create trouble or difficulty

To step down

To retire; to resign from a position

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


The only game in town

The only possibility without alternative options

All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy

Someone who works constantly becomes boring; too much work will make someone uninteresting socially

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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.


Stewart Alsop

Gates is the ultimate programming machine. He believes everything can be defined, examined, reduced

George Bernard Shaw

Life does not cease to be funny when people die any more than it ceases to be serious when people la

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