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An idiom (Latin: idioma, "special property", f. Greek: ἰδίωμαidiōma, "special feature, special phrasing", f. Greek: ἴδιοςidios, "one’s own") is a combination of words that have a figurative meaning owing to its common usage. An idiom's figurative meaning is separate from the literal meaning. There are thousands of idioms and they occur frequently in all languages. There are estimated to be at least twenty-five thousand idiomatic expressions in the English language.

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