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One entry found for idiom.
Main Entry: idiom
Pronunciation: primarystressid-emacron-schwam
Function: noun
1 : the choice of words and the way they are combined that is characteristic of a language
2 : an expression that cannot be understood from the meanings of its separate words but must be learned as a whole <the expression "give way," meaning "retreat," is an idiom>
- idiomatic /secondarystressid-emacron-schwa-primarystressmat-ik/ adjective
- idiomatically /-i-k(schwa-)lemacron/ adverb

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