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


As phony as a three-dollar bill

Not genuine; fake

Beside the mark

Without connection, irrelevant and not to the point

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


In the offing

Something likely to happen

Son of a gun!

Said to express disbelief, surprise

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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


Leap upon

To rely on something; use something to one's advantage

To be cut out for (something)

To have talent or a specific skill for something

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


To go without saying

Something obvious; be known without explaining

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

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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.


Georges Simenon

The lake and the mountains have become my landscape, my real world.

Melissa Bean

Under the Environmental Protection Agency's Energy Star Program, homes are independently verified t

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