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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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To push the boat out

To organize an expensive party; costly celebration


Cost an arm and a leg

Expensive; to cost much money


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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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A bigmouth

Someone who likes to talk much; arrogant, noisy, egoistic or foolish speaker


Hanging by a thread

One thing could within seconds change to something completely different; situation could change quic


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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 keep (something) up

To continue working in the same pattern


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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Cowards may die many times before their death


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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Walter Wriston

Judgment comes from experience - and experience comes from bad judgment.


Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

I love those who yearn for the impossible.


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