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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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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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Phrases

phrase

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

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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

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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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Proverbs

pro•verb

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

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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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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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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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