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Some Useful Idiomatic Expressions

Some Useful Idiomatic Expressions

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IDIOMATIC EXPRESSIONS
An
idiom
(Latin: 
idioma
, “special property”, f.Greek: 
idiōma
, “special phrasing”, f.Greek:
idi os
, “one’s own”) is an expression,word, or phrasethat hasfigurative meaning— its implication comprehended only through common use; whereas theliteral definitionof the idiom, itself, does not communicate its meaning as a figurative usage.Inlinguistics, idioms are usually presumed to befigures of speechcontradicting theprinciple of compositionality;yet the matter remains debated. an “idiom” as wordscollocatedthat became affixed to each other until metamorphosing into afossilized term.
 
This collocation — words commonlyused in a group — redefines each component word in theword-groupand become an
idiomatic expression
. The words develop a specialized meaning as an entity, as an
idiom
. Moreover, an idiomis an expression, word, or phrase whose sense means something different from what the wordsliterally imply. When a speaker uses an idiom, the listener might mistake its actual meaning, if he or she has not heard this figure of speech before.
Idioms usually do not translate well; in some cases,when an idiom is translated into another language, either its meaning is changed or it is meaningless.Idioms might be the most difficult language for a learner of a new language.An idiom is generally acolloquialmetaphor — a term requiring some foundational knowledge, information, or experience, to use only within aculture, where conversational parties must possesscommon cultural references. Therefore, idioms are not considered part of the language, but part of theculture. As culture typically is localized, idioms often are useless beyond their local context;nevertheless, some idioms can be moreuniversalthan others, can be easily translated, and themetaphoricmeaning can be deduced.
SOME USEFUL IDIOMATIC EXPRESSIONSAGREE TO
- a proposal; a thing, or an action
BACK AWAY
- retreat or go backwards
COME AROUND
- become conscious, wake
DRIVE UP
- make something increase.
EASE OFF
- reduce pressure.
FALL FOR
- be attracted to somebody, fall inlove.
GIVE UP ON
- lose faith in or stop believing insomething or someone.
HOLD UP
- delay when traveling.
ON BEHALF OF
- representing on the part of.
IRON OUT
- remove small problems or irregularities.
KEEP AT
- continue with something difficult.
LIVE IT UP
- have a good time by spending alot of money.
MAKE UP
- stop being angry with someoneThey are always arguing, but they MAKE UPagain very quickly.
OPEN UP
- start to talk freely about somethingShe hates to OPEN UP and discuss hefeelings.
PULL OFF
- manage to do something difficultor tricky
RING OFF
- finish a phone conversation
SHOOT UP
- increase quickly
TAKE DOWN
- make notes or write down infull
ZIP BY
- pass quickly

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