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


Hand over fist

Fast and in large amounts; making steady financial gain at fast pace

Go to (someone's) head

To go almost mad about something; to have exaggerated reaction to something; to make someone too pro

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


Namby pamby

Used to tease an adult person who behaves as a child; being childish

The real McCoy

A real, honest or genuine article

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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


Touch and go

Something risky; bearing a degree of uncertainty

Wear away

To become worn, used

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


A chain is only as strong as its weakest link

A group of people can only be as strong as the least hard-working team member is

Ignorance is bliss

Not knowing is better than knowing; one is not concerned about things one does not know;

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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.


Napoleon Bonaparte

If they want peace, nations should avoid the pin-pricks that precede cannon shots.

Fred Brooks

Good judgment comes from experience and experience comes from bad judgment.

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