Idiom Definition – An idiom is a phrase or an expression that has a figurative,symbolic or sometimes literal, meaning. Generally, an idiom’s figurative meaning is different from the literal meaning. There are thousands of idioms in all languages. Moreover, it is estimated that there are at least twenty-five thousand idiomatic expressions in the English.
Idioms are a language’s building blocks. They help the language evolve by adding intense and deep meaning to everyday speech. Furthermore, they provide interesting insights into the use of words.
So what makes idioms difficult?
The answer is their “meaning”. Idioms are not easy to understand – especially for non-native speakers, because their meanings are usually figurative. This characteristic of idioms makes them strange and difficult to understand for English learners.
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