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    Idioms and figures of speech..

    What's the difference between idioms and figure of speech?

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    Re: Idioms and figures of speech..

    Quote Originally Posted by ongetz View Post
    What's the difference between idioms and figure of speech?
    An idiom is a set phrase that is well-known in the language.
    A figure of speech can be made up on the spot. For example, any metaphor, simile, hyperbole, etc. is a figure of speech.
    "The moon is like an irregularly-patterned soccer ball".
    That is a figure of speech. But it's not an idiom because I just made it up.
    If people catch on to a certain phrase, and it becomes common in the language, it becomes an idiom.

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