Idiom

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Idiom Meaning and Definition in Dictionary

Definitions from Wordnet 2.0


  • the style of a particular artist or school or movement; "an imaginative orchestral idiom"
  • a manner of speaking that is natural to native speakers of a language
  • an expression whose meanings cannot be inferred from the meanings of the words that make it up
  • the usage or vocabulary that is characteristic of a specific group of people; "the immigrants spoke an odd dialect of English"; "he has a strong German accent"

Definitions from Wiktionary


  • a manner of speaking that is natural to native speakers of a language ,
  • the usage or vocabulary that is characteristic of a specific group of people; "the immigrants spoke an odd dialect of English"; "he has a strong German accent"; "it has been said that a language is a dialect with an army and navy" ,
  • the style of a particular artist or school or movement; "an imaginative orchestral idiom" ,
  • an expression whose meanings cannot be inferred from the meanings of the words that make it up

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Idiom Meaning and Definition in Wikipedia


An idiom is a word or phrase which means something different from its literal meaning. Idioms are common phrases or terms whose meaning is not real, but can be understood by their popular use.

Because idioms can mean something different from what the words mean it is difficult for someone not very good at speaking the language to use them properly. Some idioms are only used by some groups of people or at certain times. The idiom shape up or ship out, which is like saying improve your behavior or leave if you don't, might be said by an employer or supervisor to an employee, but not to other people.

Idioms are not the same thing as slang. Idioms are made of normal words that have a special meaning known by almost everyone. Slang is usually special words that are known only by a particular group.



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Idiom Sample Sentences in News


  • Mitch Robinson? Jesse Stringer? Clubs weigh up which delisted players are worth a punt
    Better the devil you know is an idiom that might be occupying the minds of more than a few AFL list managers at the moment. Read more on this news related to 'Idiom'
  • For many aficionados of HMT watches, time may have run out
    The Hindi equivalent of the English idiom “better late than never” is “Der aaye durust aaye.” However, a busy sales executive at HMT’s World Trade Centre showroom in Mumbai gave this idiom a slight twist. Read more on this news related to 'Idiom'
  • Chinese Idioms: Lift A Chess Piece But Hesitate To Move – 舉棋不定
    The Chinese idiom 舉棋不定 ( jǔ qí bù dìng ) translates as “lift up a chess piece and hesitate about what move to make.” Literarily, it means to not able to make up one’s mind or to blow hot and … Read more on this news related to 'Idiom'

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