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IDIOMATIC EXPRESSION

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IDIOMATIC EXPRESSION (noun)
  The noun IDIOMATIC EXPRESSION has 1 sense:

1. an expression whose meanings cannot be inferred from the meanings of the words that make it up

  Familiarity information: IDIOMATIC EXPRESSION used as a noun is very rare.


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IDIOMATIC EXPRESSION (noun)


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Meaning:

An expression whose meanings cannot be inferred from the meanings of the words that make it up

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

idiomatic expression; phrasal idiom; set phrase; phrase; idiom

Hypernyms ("idiomatic expression" is a kind of...):

expression; locution; saying (a word or phrase that particular people use in particular situations)

Domain member usage:

out of whack (out of balance or out of adjustment)

in the lurch (in a difficult or vulnerable position)

like clockwork (with regularity and precision)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "idiomatic expression"):

ruralism; rusticism (a rural idiom or expression)


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