Examples of idiom in a Sentence
- She is a populist in politics, as she repeatedly makes clear for no very clear reason. Yet the idiom of the populace is not popular with her. —P. J. O'Rourke, New York Times Book Review, 9 Oct. 2005
- And the prospect of recovering a nearly lost language, the idiom and scrappy slang of the postwar period … —Don DeLillo, New York Times Magazine, 7 Sept. 1997
- We need to explicate the ways in which specific themes, fears, forms of consciousness, and class relationships are embedded in the use of Africanist idiom … —Toni Morrison, Playing in the Dark, 1992
The expression “give way,” meaning “retreat,” is an idiom.
rock and roll and other musical idioms
a feature of modern jazz idiom
Recent Examples of idiom from the Web
Just for clarity — both ‘burying the hatchet’ and ‘off the table’ are idioms.
Muslet was born in Palestine but aggressively inhaled the idiom and drawled speech of his teenage years in Florida.
All these musical idioms, says Brown, require at least one factor.
Such shades highlight the historic structure’s classic American bones while flipping the idiom on its head.
Yes, a reedist who specializes in traditional, swing and bebop idioms — in other words, repertoire and stylistic practices from before the 1970s — hardly can keep up with requests for his musical services.
However, the last three decades have seen a plethora of bland, insipid American compositions in wishy-washy tonal idioms infect our concert halls.
Ken allowed, then posed the idea again, more slowly, mindful of idioms and the fact that Java Mongoose might not translate.
In other words, Comey, here, is an employee who is blowing the whistle, to use the idiom, on his former boss.
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The Makeup of idioms
If you had never heard someone say "We're on the same page," would you have understood that they weren't talking about a book? And the first time someone said he'd "ride shotgun", did you wonder where the gun was? A modern English-speaker knows thousands of idioms, and uses many every day. Idioms can be completely ordinary ("first off", "the other day", "make a point of", "What's up?") or more colorful ("asleep at the wheel", "bite the bullet", "knuckle sandwich"). A particular type of idiom, called a phrasal verb, consists of a verb followed by an adverb or preposition (or sometimes both); in make over, make out, and make up, for instance, notice how the meanings have nothing to do with the usual meanings of over, out, and up.
Origin and Etymology of idiom
First Known Use: 1588See Words from the same year
IDIOM Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of idiom for English Language Learners
: an expression that cannot be understood from the meanings of its separate words but that has a separate meaning of its own
: a form of a language that is spoken in a particular area and that uses some of its own words, grammar, and pronunciations
: a style or form of expression that is characteristic of a particular person, type of art, etc.
IDIOM Defined for Kids
Definition of idiom for Students
- The expression “give up,” meaning “surrender,” is an idiom.
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