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    idiom

    is the following phase an idiom:

    she would laugh like a live audience on TV


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    Re: idiom

    Technically yes it is, but it is definitely not in common usage. Some people would argue that because it isn't in common usage, that it isn't an idiom.


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    Re: idiom

    I would suggest it is not an idiom, but rather that it is a metaphorical phrase.

    On the other hand, To laugh like a drain is a recognised idiom.


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    Re: idiom

    Possably so, in which case it would be a similie. Though truely, an idiom is a phrase from which you cannot gain an understanding without something more than the literal definitions of the words.
    In this case, that something more would be the knowledge that a live audience laughs a lot.


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    Re: idiom

    Perhaps my view on an idiom is a little too simple?

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