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Definition a way of putting things that is characteristic of a specific group of people
  • "On y va," (coming) exclaimed Peppino, who from frequenting the house of Signor Pastrini understood French perfectly in all its idioms.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • "He looks anemic, not just icteric," she managed to say at last, clinging to the idiom of medicine to describe my pallor and jaundice.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • The words he uses are the idioms of popular songs and poems in the newspaper.
    Christina Baker Kline  --  Orphan Train
  • In the idiom of symbology, there was one symbol that reigned supreme above all others.
    Dan Brown  --  The Lost Symbol
  • It's another idiom entirely.
    Christina Garcia  --  Dreaming in Cuban
  • This was the first time in almost seven years that Zooey had, in the ready-made dramatic idiom, "set foot" in Seymour's and Buddy's old room.
    J.D. Salinger  --  Franny and Zooey
  • I thought I spoke in epitaph-in the idiom of man.
    Eudora Welty  --  The Collected Stories of Eudora Welty
  • "But Response was good," Chacko prompted, trying to speak in the same idiom.
    Arundhati Roy  --  The God of Small Things
  • PILKINGS He's picked up the idiom alright.
    Wole Soyinka  --  Death and the King's Horseman
  • Cranly's speech, unlike that of Davin, had neither rare phrases of Elizabethan English nor quaintly turned versions of Irish idioms.
    James Joyce  --  A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
  • Qendrim, smaller by a head, handed him the ball and responded with an English idiom he'd only recently picked up from a Justin Timberlake tune.
    Warren St. John  --  Outcasts United
  • I should greatly prefer to employ your excellent English idiom and say that we are all of us here 'for good.'
    James Hilton  --  Lost Horizon
  • What image or idiom will make it clearer?
    George Orwell  --  Politics and the English Language
  • Catching him squarely in the eye' gets the idiom better, I think."
    Thomas Wolfe  --  Look Homeward, Angel
  • And her English was a mishmash of mixed-up idioms and sayings that showed she was "green behind the ears," as she called it.
    Julia Alvarez  --  How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents
  • With the same suddenness as before, meaning scaled the horizon to another idiom, leaving David stranded on a sounding but empty shore.
    Henry Roth  --  Call It Sleep
  • I said, using one of my favorite Siaru idioms.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • The idioms, the figures of speech that make language rich and full of the poetry of place and time must go.
    John Steinbeck  --  Travels with Charley
  • Yetta, I had come to learn, was deep down a good egg, or, in the other idiom, a balbatisheh lady.
    William Styron  --  Sophie's Choice
  • The sacred idiom shorn of its referents and so of its reality.
    Cormac McCarthy  --  The Road

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