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English noun: idiomatic expression

1. idiomatic expression (communication) an expression whose meanings cannot be inferred from the meanings of the words that make it up

Synonymsidiom, phrasal idiom, phrase, set phrase

Broader (hypernym)expression, locution, saying

Narrower (hyponym)ruralism, rusticism

Domain usage membersin the lurch, like clockwork, out of whack

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