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by William Tomkins

While the idiom is held in small esteem by some schoolmasters and old-fashioned grammarians, good writers in general admire and use it, for it is, in truth, "the life and spirit of language."

Throughout this work various examples are shown of seemingly peculiar idiomatic construction. This is no different from the English language, which is just as idiomatic in its construction and use. The writer has found over 2100 idioms in the English language, some of which follow:

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At beck and call.
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On his high horse.
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To cut and run.
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To take the bit in one's teeth.
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Fits and starts.
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At one fell swoop.
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Over head and ears.
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To take with a grain of salt.
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At sixes and sevens.
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In a nutshell.
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By hook or by crook.
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Be there with bells on.
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To sink or swim.
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A chip off the old block.
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Off and on.
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He is a bad egg.
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As bold as brass.
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All roads lead to Rome.
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As cool as a cucumber.
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To cudgel one's brains.
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To cool one's heels.
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To lend a hand.
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Right off the reel.
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As fit as a fiddle.
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To show one's colors.
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To take heart.
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To keep your head.
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To lose heart.
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To keep your head above water.
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To take to heart.
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To lose your head.
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To set your heart on.
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To hold your head high.
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To have at heart.
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To hang your head.
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To be the heart and soul of.
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To have a head on your shoulders.
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To have a soft (or hard) heart.
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To have your head turned.
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To give one's heart.
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To have a swelled head.
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To lose your heart.
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To take into your head.
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To win someone's heart.
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To put out of your head.
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To touch the heart of.
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To put into someone's head.
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To make one's heart leap.
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To talk your head off.
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To have a soft place in your heart.
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To bite your head off.
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To do your heart good.
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To beat your head against a wall.
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To have your heart in your mouth.
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To throw yourself at the head of.
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To wear your heart on your sleeve.
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To put your head in a noose.
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From the bottom of the heart.
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To put your heads together.
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With all one's heart.
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To come to a head.
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Sick at heart.
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To bring--on your head.
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Heavy of heart.
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Head over heels.
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Down hearted.
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Head and shoulders above.
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Heart-broken.
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From head to foot.
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Heart whole.

Universal Indian Sign Language

 

 

   

 

 


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