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An idiom

Date: Oct 14 2007

Topic: Idioms and Slang

Author: samywaleed0


What is an idiom?

An idiom is a combination of words that has a meaning that is different from the meanings of the individual words themselves. It can have a literal meaning in one situation and a different idiomatic meaning in another situation. It is a phrase which does not always follow the normal rules of meaning and grammar.
To sit on the fence can literally mean that one is sitting on a fence.
I sat on the fence and watched the game.
However, the idiomatic meaning of to sit on the fence is that one is not making a clear choice regarding some issue.
The politician sat on the fence and would not give his opinion about the tax issue.
Here I will provide an idiom every day and try to explain the meaning of it
 Bide your time :
If you bide your time, you wait for a good opportunity to do
  "He's not hesitating, he's just biding his time.  He's waiting
  for the price to drop."
If you use a carrot-and-stick approach, you use the promise of
  reward and the threat of punishment to make somebody work harder.
  "Some parents use a carrot-and-stick approach to obtain good
  results from their children."

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