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    When does a idiom become a cliche????
    To let the cat out of the bag is which one???

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    It's an idiom. An idiom will become a cliche when it gets boring.

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    Default Re: idioms and cliches

    Quote Originally Posted by Nikki
    When does a idiom become a cliche????
    To let the cat out of the bag is which one???
    The focus of "cliche" is overuse. Any expression that is overused can be a cliche, idiom or not.

    Have a nice day! (non-idiom cliche)

    :wink:

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    What does it mean to let the cat out of the bag?

    What does it mean to spill the beans?

    :)

    http://www.usingenglish.com/forum/vi...?p=21520#21520

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    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee
    What does it mean to let the cat out of the bag?

    What does it mean to spill the beans?

    :)

    http://www.usingenglish.com/forum/vi...?p=21520#21520
    Both refer to giving out secret.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bmo
    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee
    What does it mean to let the cat out of the bag?

    What does it mean to spill the beans?

    :)

    http://www.usingenglish.com/forum/vi...?p=21520#21520
    Both refer to giving out secret.
    Yep. That's right. Both refer to divulging something that was previously unknown to the listener.

    :)

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