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 Pedrood the whole nuclear deal reminds him of an old Persian idiom.
These improvisatory additions never felt intrusive or showy, but were well within the Gershwin idiom.
The program is perhaps most notable for the rare performance of the music of Othmar Schoeck, a Swiss composer working in the latest of late Romantic idioms.
The vernacular idiom that Hurston valued Wright and others deprecated as backward; her literary concern with romantic love was considered frivolous and even vulgar.
Also, just to revisit the music montage and the American-Russian-ness of it all with McDonalds: While U2 is an Irish band, the music is rock and roll, an American idiom.
Those of us of a certain vintage can recall when an institution that was only slightly less white than the British monarchy — Broadway — was also a beneficiary of African-American idioms.
One of the incongruities in Colorado’s marijuana business is how professionals new to the trade adopt the Mendocino idiom without either irony or any particular reverence, the way their clothes absorb the plant’s scent after a few hours on site.
For Southern moms, those life lessons often come in the form of unique and sometimes confusing sayings and 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
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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