Idioms, Cliches, and Slang

What is the definition of idiom?

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December 15, 2016 7:15AM

An idiom is an expression, word, or phrase that has a figurative meaning or the associative or connotative meaning.

Example: A drop in the ocean

Meaning: A very small part of something.

Example: A piece of cake

Meaning: Easy, simple to do, no difficulties.

An idiom is a figure of speech that does not have the obvious presented meaning. Idioms differ from culture and country, as the phrase uses commonplace objects, people, or animals. Examples and meanings of idioms in American culture include:

  • Raining cats and dogs Raining hard
  • Monkey around To fool around
  • Playing with fire Taking foolish risks
  • Jog my memory Help remember something