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RSS Idiom of the Day

  • take a breath
    To inhale and then exhale. Watch the video
  • take a bawling out
    To receive a very severe rebuke, chastisement, or scolding (from someone). Watch the video

RSS Word of the Day

  • gallimaufry
    Definition: (noun) A jumble; a hodgepodge. Synonyms: patchwork, melange, ragbag. Usage: Inside the chest, he found a gaudy gallimaufry of old dresses, feathers, and sequins. Discuss
  • tryst
    Definition: (noun) An agreement, as between lovers, to meet at a certain time and place. Synonyms: assignation, rendezvous. Usage: They tried to keep their weekly meetings a secret, but soon neighbors began to whisper about their trysts.

RSS Word Origins

  • surrounded
    involve - First meant "enfold, surround, wrap." More...enclave, exclave - An enclave is a group or area different from the surroundings, a secured area within another secured area, from Latin clavis, "key"; an exclave is the same thing, but usually describes a portion of a country separated from the main part and surrounded by politically […]
  • scent
    breath - From an Old English word meaning "scent, smell." More...flair - Comes from Latin fragrare, "smell sweet," and was first the ability to detect the "essence" or "scent" of something and know how to act accordingly. More...red herring - Something intended to be misleading or distracting, so named from the practice of using the […]
  • presence
    hoodoo - A person who practices voodoo; the word also describes a person or thing whose presence is supposed to bring bad luck. More...al fresco - Implies the presence of some nearby structure (one does not hike al fresco). More...pyrosis - Heartburn is actually pyrosis, caused by the presence of gastric secretions, called reflux, in […]
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