a sequence of words which functions semantically as a unit and with an unpredictable meaning (e.g. kick the bucket, meaning die). This is generally accompanied by a degree of syntactic restriction.
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a sequence of words which forms a whole unit of meaning
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(Idiomatic language (idiom / idiomatic phrase)) Idiomatic language refers to many words or phrases that are a familiar and everyday feature of our language. Idioms are a part of the comfortable, conversational style of language we use daily - but to a foreigner, idioms are difficult to understand because their meaning is very different from the lit...Found on http://www.englishbiz.co.uk/grammar/main_files/definitionsa-m.htm
An idiom is an expression which is not meant literally and whose meaning cannot be deduced from knowledge of the individual words. For example: You look a bit under the weather this morning. Are you all right? Try and keep to the point of the discussion. You're always introducing red herrings. You and I have the same problems - we're in the same b...Found on http://www.standards.dfes.gov.uk/primary/publications/literacy/63285/nls_fw
[ French idiome
, Latin idioma
, from Greek 'idi`wma
, from 'idioy^n
to make a person's own, to make proper or peculiar; from 'i`dios
one's own, proper, peculiar; probably akin to the reflexive pronoun o'y...
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1. The syntactical or structural form peculiar to any language; the genius or cast of a language. 'Idiom may be employed loosely and figuratively as a synonym of language or dialect, but in its proper sense it signifies the totality of the general rules of construction which characterise the syntax of a particular language and distinguish it from o...
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phrasal idiom noun an expression whose meanings cannot be inferred from the meanings of the words that make it up
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• (n.) Dialect; a variant form of a language. • (n.) An expression conforming or appropriate to the peculiar structural form of a language; in extend use, an expression sanctioned by usage, having a sense peculiar to itself and not agreeing with the logical sense of its structural form; also, the phrase forms peculiar to a particular auth...
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idiom 1. The way of using a particular language that comes naturally to its native speakers and involves both knowledge of its grammar and familiarity with its usage. 2. The style of expression of a specific individual or group. 3. The characteristic style of an artist or artistic group. 4. A fixed, distinctive, and often colorful expression whose...
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A group of words whose meaning is different from the meanings of the individual words
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A special way of expressing an idea, characteristic of the language at that particular time.
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Group of words with a meaning of its own that is different from the meanings of each individual word in the group (for example, `It's raining cats and dogs` means `It's raining heavily` and kick the bucket means `to die`); also a style of expression in writing, speech, or music that is ty...
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An idiom (idioma, `special property`, f. ἰδίωμα – idiōma, `special feature, special phrasing`, f. ἴδιος – idios, `one’s own`) is a combination of words that have a figurative meaning owing to its common usage. An idiom`s figurative meaning is separate from the literal meaning. There are thousands of idioms and they occur...
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an expression whose meaning is different from the meaning of the individual words
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style appropriate to a specific medium, its capacities and limitations. Also used to mean style in general.
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In its loosest sense, the word idiom is often used as a synonym for dialect or idiolect. In its more
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[structural nature of language] Idiom in the noncount sense of the word is `the syntactical, grammatical, or structural form peculiar to a language`. It is the realized structural nature of a language, in contrast with all other possible but unrealized structural forms that could have developed to serve the same semantic purpose but did not...
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expression whose meaning cannot be inferred from its words
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A set of words which always co-occur and where the meaning is not necessarily derived by concatenating the individual parts of the idiom, e.g to take coals to Newcastle 'to do something entirely superfluous'.
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