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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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Pass with flying colors

To pass something easily; pass something with a high score; achieve something with distinction


Half a five (with someone)

To clap right hand with another person to express a success or joy


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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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Shipshape and Bristol fashion

To have everything in order; tidy


To have a black dog

To be depressed or melancholic


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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 play up to

To behave in order to gain favor with someone


Left out/ left off

Did not include


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Proverbs

pro•verb

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

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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Joseph Campbell

Myths are public dreams, dreams are private myths.


Virginia Satir

Adolescents are not monsters. They are just people trying to learn how to make it among the adults i


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