Last Updated : 28 Jan 2014

DEFINITIONS FOR IDIOM AND PHRASE

Idiom Definition :
An idiom is a group of two or more words which we have to treat as a unit in learning a language. We cannot arrive at the meaning of the idiom just by adding together the meaning of the words inside it. [to carry out = execute]
Phrase Definition :
Phrase is a group of words usually without predicate especially preposition with the word. [with blue eyes]

A fixed or set expression that cannot be determined from the individual parts.

e.g

Alarm bells start to ringAlarm bells start to ring when I found out that he still lived with his mother.
ABC Nancy does not know even the ABC of Maths.
And so on He dances, sings and plays music and so on.
As usual I had my cup in the morning, as usual.
Albatross around your neck The company that he founded in 1990 is now an albatross around his neck.
All told There were 100 people there, all told.
All in all As his father is no more, Mr.David himself is all in all in his family.
All over Michael has travelled all over the world.
All along There are trees all along the road.
All for I am all for it
At lastAt last, we got at the conclusion
At best At best he is a good master.
At bottom Nodobout, he is a strict but a helping man at bottom.
At times He comes here, at times.
At ease After the work was over, I was really at ease.
At hand My exam is at hand.
At a time Give me 100$ at a time.
At heart Robert looks rough and tough but he is kind at heart.
At sight A bank draft is payable at sight.
At sixes and sevens All the books were at sixes and sevens.
At once Go there at once.
As ifRobert talks as if he is my boss.
As for As for his appointment so many letters have come
As a rule As a rule, the first letter of a proper noun is always capital.
As a result of As a result of police firing, three persons were killed at Paris on 25th of December, 2012.
As long As As long as you believe in God you will be happy.
At home You will surely feel there at home.
AS well as Robert as well as David have gone.
Act on This medicine will act on the heart.
Act for Stella acted for me while I was ill.
Account for You will have to account for every rupee you spent.
On account of One account of illness, she did not cook today.
On no account On no account I believe in what she says.
Turn to account If you are offered with chance by the boss, turn to account.
All the same No doubt Sarah has been busy, all the same she should have written.
Agree with Hope you will agree with me that Sarah is a good girl.
Alma mater She has been offered the position of Professor of international economic policy at princeton, her alma mater.
Be out of the ark My grandfather’s hat was stright out of the ark.
Go bananas He will go bananas if he sees the room in this state.
Have your hands fullIt is no use asking Rosy for help, she is got her hands-full looking after the kids.
The green-eyed monster Do you think his criticisms of Robert are valid or is it just a case of the green-eyed monster?
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