Usage examples for idiom

  1. This marriage was, in the vulgar idiom of to- day, a great thing for Columbus. – Christopher Columbus, Complete by Filson Young
  2. When the red man trespassed upon the peaceful trails of his enemy, he was, in an American idiom on the war- path." – The French in the Heart of America by John Finley
  3. Instinctively he whispered as he spoke it, feeling like an actor in a play as he mouthed the ancient idiom I- I cannot understand. – The Tree of Life by Catherine Lucille Moore
  4. And it is possible that one may see substance in the idiom so to speak, of the senses. – Lore of Proserpine by Maurice Hewlett
  5. It is next to impossible for him to get any reliable information about his future son- in- law in a country where, as an American, he has few social relations, belongs to no club, and whose idiom is a sealed book to him. – Worldly Ways and Byways by Eliot Gregory
  6. " Like a dead man," she replied with a little laugh, translating the French idiom – Okewood of the Secret Service by Valentine Williams
  7. There is an idiom in diplomacy, as well as in language, and one who treats so sensibly should not be ignorant of its phrases. – The Water-Witch or, The Skimmer of the Seas by James Fenimore Cooper
  8. This singular fact well authenticated, will enable us to presume a similar conquest and custom, wherever we shall meet in America, with a peculiar female idiom – The American Nations, Vol. I. by C. S. Rafinesque
  9. The Pole, thus condemned, in the French idiom always to hold the dame," mechanically raised the arms he had previously dejected, and the police officer, with an approving nod of the head, said,- " Bon,! – Night and Morning, Volume 3 by Edward Bulwer Lytton
  10. Such compositions were not conceived in the instrumental idiom and must have floated in an exceedingly thin atmosphere when separated from text and the expressive nuances of the human tone. – Some Forerunners of Italian Opera by William James Henderson
  11. It ran through her speech in pricking idiom – Star-Dust A Story of an American Girl by Fannie Hurst
  12. This is an idiom of the same kind, supposing morrow to mean originally morning: as, to night, to day. – The Grammar of English Grammars by Goold Brown
  13. Beyond four every number is called great; and should it happen to be very large, great great, which is an Italian idiom also. – A Complete Account of the Settlement at Port Jackson by Watkin Tench
  14. One of the men who helped us with our luggage, after being paid according to agreement, asked, as is very customary with these people, for quelque chose pour boire; which Sir Arthur, not being very expert in the French idiom understood literally. – Anna St. Ives by Thomas Holcroft
  15. No book was ever turned from one language into another, without imparting something of its native idiom this is the most mischievous and comprehensive innovation. – The Grammar of English Grammars by Goold Brown
  16. Some little careless idiom or some word used in an improper sense? – The Best of the World's Classics, Restricted to Prose, Vol. VII (of X)--Continental Europe I by Various
  17. This language remained the literary idiom of the Jews to the tenth century. – Lectures on The Science of Language by Max Müller
  18. As regards the Pahlavi idiom of the people of the country of Ahwaz are the best. – Iranian Influence on Moslem Literature, Part I by M. Inostranzev
  19. " Sure you're welcome, miss," she said, not with a broad accent, but with a subdued trace of Irish in the inflection and idiom – Duffels by Edward Eggleston
  20. 75 A Hebrew idiom literally don't, knowing, we know? – Jeremiah by George Adam Smith