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|Noun||1.||phrasal idiom - an expression whose meanings cannot be inferred from the meanings of the words that make it up|
locution, saying, expression - a word or phrase that particular people use in particular situations; "pardon the expression"
in the lurch - in a difficult or vulnerable position; "he resigned and left me in the lurch"
like clockwork - with regularity and precision; "the rocket launch went off like clockwork"