What Is an Idiom?


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An idiom is a saying or expression with a meaning that is hard to interpret because of the atypical meaning of the words included. The idiom, "Kick the bucket," for instance, means to die rather than to literally kick a bucket.

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What Is an Idiom?
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Because idioms are formed in a particular country, culture or language, their meanings are often confusing to non-native speakers. For example, American idioms are difficult for immigrants or foreign visitors to detect.

Idioms are used to describe the character of a particular language or art form. The term originated from a late 16th-century Latin and Greek words meaning "peculiarity" and "to make one's own."

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