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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 throw (someone) a curve

To cause embarrassment; to surprise someone by doing something unexpected


Cool as a cucumber

To remain calm in stressful circumstances


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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 learn the ropes

To learn or grasp the routine procedures


Colder than a step-mother's breath

Extremely cold


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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 back out

A) to withdraw support; to resign from a deal; b) to drive away from a parking space


To clear up

A) when the sky becomes clear; to become sunny b) to explain and make more understandable


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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 woman's work is never done

Said of a woman working mostly at home: woman is always working even when not earning money because


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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Darren L. Johnson

I believe it is important for people to create a healthy mental environment in which to accomplish d


Emily Dickinson

Where thou art, that is home.


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