The Oxford Language dictionary defines an idiom as: ‘a group of words established by usage as having a meaning not deducible from those of the individual words’
Idioms are widely used phrases that say one thing literally but mean something else when explored in context.
What does it mean to like the cut of someone’s jib?
Is it advisable to burn a candle at both ends?
What could be gained by reading between the lines of a message and why is this bird in my hand worth holding on to?
Turn of Phrase explores the origin and meaning of some well-known idioms using poetry. It introduces a younger audience to how the phrases are used today, using identifiable scenarios. The book aims to enrich our language and may assist in opening a line of communication between caregivers and young people about any issues they may be dealing with at any given time.