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
For the audience, this was akin to hearing a vast suite covering an inordinately wide stylistic range, yet the music somehow flowed naturally from one idiom to the next.
Black and white, immigrant and native born, men and (mysteriously) women, adults and children, liberals and conservatives — huge swaths of the country speak the same idiom and share the experience of football.
Jazz may be the most macho music idiom of them all, too macho at times for my tastes.
GIACOMO PONZETTO Barcelona China’s media regulators in 2014 brought in a no-pun policy, discouraging the alterations of idioms and the meaning of characters used in any form.
DiChiera is not a spiky modernist, or a furrowed serialist, or a redundant minimalist, but writes in a neo-romantic idiom.
And, perhaps hidden in all those cards, a few senses or idioms to add.
The show is packed with rousing musical numbers in gospel, R&B, rap, and reggae idioms, powerfully sung by a first-rate cast backed by a dynamic offstage band under drummer Robert Reddrick's direction.
In the ’80s, Abercrombie began playing on a guitar synthesizer and experiments with outlandish effects to expand the sound palette of his instrument, working in fusion and free-jazz idioms.
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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
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