An idiom is a group of words with a meaning that cannot be understood by the meanings of the words considered separately.  Idioms are often particular to certain groups of people.

When the idiom “break a leg” is used, the actual meaning is different from the words in the phrase.  The intent of the idiom is to wish someone good luck, usually in some sort of performance, not to wish someone harm.

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10 thoughts on “Idiom”

  1. Idiom’s are often regional, like in the South of the U.S. people might say “That dog don’t hunt”, meaning something won’t work. In southern California, people often say “June gloom” and “May grey” to refer to the overcast weather that is common near the coast during those months.

    Idioms can also be organizational. For example, people in the military have lots of idioms that civilians don’t often use. In the Army when someone pretends to be sick or injured a lot to avoid duty, they are called a “profile ranger”. A profile in this case is basically a doctor’s note getting you out of duty. The ranger refers to the special operations unit of the Army.

    Anyway, that is my two cents. Hope it helps.

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