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


Play one's cards close to one's chest

To act carefully or cautious; to be secretive

Alley cat

Homeless cat living away from the streets, a stray cat

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


Feeling blue / feeling down

Sad, depressed

To pay on the nail

Make a fast payment; pay immediately

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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


On edge

Irritable; upset; anxious; nervous

To give (someone) a break

A) give a person more opportunity; b) if one doesn't agree with someone else

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


After a storm comes a calm

The worst chaos is followed by period of silence and peace

Beware of Greeks bearing gifts

Warning against trickery and deception (allusion to Homer's Iliad and the Trojan Horse)

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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.


Joseph Campbell

Myths are public dreams, dreams are private myths.

George Edward Moore

A man travels the world in search of what he needs and returns home to find it.

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