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Idiomatic Expressions

A brief explanation of what idiomatic expressions are.
by Lorena M. Alvarez Adames on 25 April 2011

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Transcript of Idiomatic Expressions

An idiomatic expression is... an expression that has a figurative meaning that is comprehended in regard to a common use of that expression is separate from the literal meaning or definition of the words of which it is made. They are also non-standard speech, slang or dialect that are natural to native speakers of a language. What are Idiomatic
expressions? " Break a leg " " Hit the sack " " Excuse my French " Examples of Idiomatic Expressions can be found in poems. Famous poets use this figure of speech to convey and emphasize unusual and vivid images. The use of strong word association changes the mode of thought and adds variation, embellishment and adornment to literary works. "IDIOMS FOR IDIOTS" 'You can't cry over spilled milk! '
my mother always said.

'Life's not a piece of cake! '
she hammered in my head.

'That's the way it goes,
' that's the way the cookie crumbles'

My mother saved her idioms
for all my idiotic troubles.

John Randal
In Figurative Language, we use words, in such a way that, they differ, somewhat, from ordinary every-day speech and convey meanings in a more vivid and impressive manner. Figures of speech such as Idiomatic Expressions add variation, embellishment, exaggeration, exclamation and irony to the English language. Put a lid on it! Put your money where your mouth is! ONCE IN A BLUE MOON Now what? which means that the meaning used is not the meaning of the word or phrase itself, but a different meaning implied by it. How to construct meaning by using context clues: 1.Definition 2. Synonym 3. Antonym 4.Description 5. Summary 6. Visual: Pictures, drawings, graphs, charts etc.
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