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    idiomatic expression

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    Noun 1. idiomatic expression - an expression whose meanings cannot be inferred from the meanings of the words that make it up
    phrasal idiom, set phrase, phrase, idiom
    locution, saying, expression - a word or phrase that particular people use in particular situations; "pardon the expression"
    ruralism, rusticism - a rural idiom or expression
    in the lurch - in a difficult or vulnerable position; "he resigned and left me in the lurch"
    like clockwork - with regularity and precision; "the rocket launch went off like clockwork" 


    http://www.thefreedictionary.com/idiomatic+expression



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