Definitions

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  • n. A common expression whose wording is not subject to variation.
  • n. A common expression whose words cannot be replaced by synonymous words without compromising the meaning.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an expression whose meanings cannot be inferred from the meanings of the words that make it up

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Examples

  • He is sober then, quite parsonified in demeanour; his speech “all in the set phrase of peace,” and would be scandalised by the mere mention of melaleuca nectar.

    The Confessions of a Beachcomber

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