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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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Make a mountain out of a molehill

To exaggerate; to make something unimportant seem important


To have (one's) hands tied

Not being able to act


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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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To egg on

Urge someone to do something risky


To be as happy as a sandboy

Be joyful and merry (almost as if drunk)


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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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To make up

A) to create; to invent b) apply cosmetics c) contents of something; to be composed of; to compris


To make up with (someone)

To resolve disagreement with someone


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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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A change is as good as a rest


One half of the world does not know how the other half lives

An allusion to the rich and prosperous; used by poorer people to describe the rich (in a friendly ma


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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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Jim Rohn

Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment.


Dave Barry

Life is anything that dies when you stomp on it.


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