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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 be on cloud nine

To be very happy, cheerful or joyful


Fine kettle of fish

Untidiness or a mess; discomfort or an unsatisfactory situation


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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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To push the line

To go too far in one's actions; to go over the limit of usually acceptable


All fired up

Be highly excited and enthusiastic


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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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Made of sterner stuff

Be stronger in character or personality than expected


Add up

To make sense out of 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;


All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy

Someone who works constantly becomes boring; too much work will make someone uninteresting socially


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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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Sammy Davis, Jr.

I wasn't anything special as a father. But I loved them and they knew it.


C. S. Lewis

I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but becaus


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