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an expression in which the words are used figuratively, not in their normal literal meaning
a phrase in a song or poem that someone hears wrongly and thinks that a different phrase is being sung or said. For example, in the song ’Purple Haze’ by Jimi Hendrix, the listener, hearing ’Scuse me while I kiss the sky’, might think they are hearing ’Scuse me while I kiss this guy’.
an expression that contains words with opposite meanings, for example ‘a bitter sweet experience’ (=an experience that is both unpleasant and pleasant)
a type of phrase that has a standard pattern in which some of the words can be freely replaced; for example, the pattern 'X is the new Y' can become 'Navy is the new black' or 'Comedy is the new rock 'n' roll' or 'Staying in is the new going out', and so on
an employment concept in which people are paid for each specific, short-term task that they do and don't have conventional contracts of employmentBuzzWord Article
a sensational piece of news which does not map to reality, created to attract attention or damage somebody's reputationadd a word
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