From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia
An idiom is an expression (i.e., term or phrase) whose meaning cannot be deduced from the literal definitions and the arrangement of its parts, but refers instead to a figurative meaning that is known only through common use. In linguistics, idioms are widely assumed to be figures of speech that contradict the principle of compositionality; however, some debate has recently arisen on this subject.
- Principle of compositionality
- Dependency grammar
- Double negative
- Figure of speech
- List of idioms in the English language