idiomatic expression

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n idiomatic expression an expression whose meanings cannot be inferred from the meanings of the words that make it up
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Usage

In literature:

Her original letters and despatches show an idiomatic force of expression beyond that of any other English monarch.
"A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature" by John W. Cousin
An idiomatical expression which is not an anomaly, can be analyzed.
"English Grammar in Familiar Lectures" by Samuel Kirkham
I was compelled to "bundle," as the idiomatic, but ignorant woman expressed herself.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 1, August 7, 1841" by Various
I was compelled to "bundle," as the idiomatic, but ignorant woman expressed herself.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 1, Complete" by Various
This was when he was presented with an unfamiliar expression or idiomatic sentence.
"Sixteen Months in Four German Prisons" by Henry Charles Mahoney
But the distinction between idiomatic and unidiomatic expressions is a fine one, and rests solely on usage.
"Practical Grammar and Composition" by Thomas Wood
KARCHER, THEODORE, Questionnaire Francais: Questions on French Grammar, Idiomatic Difficulties, and Military Expressions.
"The Life of a Conspirator" by Thomas Longueville
Thus we have a number of idiomatic expressions.
"Plain English" by Marian Wharton
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In science:

This idiomatic expression is historic and derives from the application to punched cards. 2As a matter of fact the equation is derived by using the binomial case as approximation and observing that target query weights have small variance.
On the Probability Distribution of Superimposed Random Codes
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