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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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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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Phrases

phrase

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

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(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

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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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Proverbs

pro•verb

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

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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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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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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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