at a time when someone very much needs help
An idiom may be defined as "a group of words whose meaning cannot be understood from a literal interpretation of the group of words".
Consider this question: "What color is the sky on a clear day?" (Answer: Blue.)
Idiomatic English: Answering the question is a piece of cake.
Simple English: Answering the question is easy.
Consider this question: "What is the circumference of the earth in kilometers?" (Answer: 40,075 km.)
Idiomatic English: Answering the question is over my head.
Simple English: Answering the question is too difficult for me.
English is an idiomatic language.
There are more than 25,000 idioms in the English language.
Native speakers of English use and understand idioms naturally and automatically.
Students of English need to become adept with using and understanding idioms to be considered fluent in English.
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4) Search by synonyms. The idioms4you.com search function allows you to search a term (the word "difficult", for example) and find idioms that are related to that search term.
5) Take a humorous look at the Sunday Fun Idioms.
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