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


To knock the daylight out of (someone)

To beat up someone; to give someone a black eye by punching

Fly in the ointment

Something small that hinders the outcome of more important things; something that spoils the fun

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


(someone) cheated the starter

(said of a married couple) to have a first baby before it is conveniently expectable

Flog a dead horse

A) waste time on situation that will unavoidably result in negative outcome b) to continue arguing

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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


To straighten out

To explain in more detail; to make clear and understandable

To fall behind with

To be late with something

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


Barking dogs seldom bite

Someone who talks too much rarely puts his words into action;

Penny wise and pound foolish

Someone who does not see the bigger picture but concentrates on small insignificant details; someone

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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.


Colin Powell

Don't let your ego get too close to your position, so that if your position gets shot down, your eg

John Burroughs

I go to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in order.

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