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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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Give ground

To leave or retreat from one's position


A dark horse

Something of an unknown quantity; a candidate who's abilities are not known yet to the general publ


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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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Feeling blue / feeling down

Sad, depressed


A mickey finn

Drink with addition of drug to make a person unconscious; drink adulterated with drug; drugged drink


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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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Chuck up

Vomit; throw up


To be up to (something)

To be doing or planning to do 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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It is better to have loved and lost, than never to have loved at all,


Penny wise and pound foolish

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


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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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Minnie Driver

Last year my boyfriend gave me a painting - a very personal one. I really prefer personal gifts or o


Thomas Leonard

Clarity affords focus.


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