Definition of colloquialism
- "Chicken out" is a colloquialism for "to lose one's nerve."
- "Bodacious" originated as a Southern colloquialism.
- the appeal of the author's colloquialism
His English is very good, but he has trouble understanding certain colloquialisms.
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: a word or phrase that is used mostly in informal speech : a colloquial expression
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