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colloquialism

Vox populi A term of ordinary everyday speech, conversational. See Medical slang.
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Speaker of the House-elect Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., should stencil this colloquial expression on her office door: "When you are up to your eyeballs in alligators, it is difficult to remind yourself that your initial objective was to drain the swamp."
Taking the cable "round the bend" of the Gulf is thought to have given rise to the colloquial expression, since living on Telegraph Island in the summer heat must have driven many men crazy.
"The ones who reject the colloquial & common culture." In her poems, she mines beneath the "flat surface" of "ordinary words in their street clothes" to "open the deep emotional current that lies just beneath." The poems deliberately resist interpretation as she "decentre[s]" language, so that women's and working-class voices can "leak into the real." The challenging process or "combining the colloquial expression with the words of the intellect" rewards both reader and narrator.
Tree Tall Woman (1981) gave us finely crafted works that clearly pushed colloquial expression into eloquence.
He said: "It is clear you are, to use a colloquial expression, a conman of the old school."
Of the two, Attridge has set himself the more exacting task, which is to re-work his Rhythms of English Poetry (1982) into a course book: without bibliography but with American spelling, glossary, exercises, suggested answers, chapter summaries, and colloquial expression. The transmutation is difficult because the theoretical approach to metre demands familiarity with the categories of linguistic description.
We even have a colloquial expression for it, "a pat on the back." However, few editors or publishers have recognized that we now live in an age in which a pat on the back can result in a multimillion-dollar lawsuit.
Cloud computing is a colloquial expression used to describe a variety of different computing concepts that involve a large number of computers that are connected through a real-time communication network (typically the Internet).
'To use a colloquial expression, he almost chatted her up.
It is not, to use the misleading colloquial expression, a banker
It became a colloquial expression that is still employed to characterize something as nonsensical or a form of trickery.
Mr Carman: "The reality is that you made this telephone call to Wendy in his presence because you trusted this man and to use a colloquial expression you were two mates together."