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
Kingery abided by the latter part of that outdated idiom, but his ability on the field at multiple positions was impossible to ignore.
On Thursday night, Columbia’s music program took a slightly different tack, presenting its gifted students in concert with a jazz musician who likes to explore hip-hop and other populist idioms.
This policeman used his traffic warning tweet about the possible delays because of the accident to invoke the fitting idiom.
Jazz purists took issue as that genre grew more experimental, and some bluegrass originalists get queasy as that idiom moves beyond the sound of Bill Monroe.
By matching scores to specific concepts and movie shots to the music, the concert made a strong argument for the universality of this idiom while striking themes of inclusion and uplift.
The phrase is on its way to joining the pantheon of other memorable foreign policy idioms that have set expectations for military action and — for better or worse — come to define presidential policies.
Directed by Margo Hall, Solèy’s Laveau speaks also to forge her own lyrical, incantatory idiom, religion and dance.
Backed by an all-Chicago rhythm section very much in tune with their aesthetic, Hamilton and Allen reminded listeners that great musical idioms never go out of date — they’re just sometimes misused by lesser artists.
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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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