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  1. A phrase characteristic of a particular language, that cannot necessarily be fully understood from the separate meanings of the individual words which form it, but instead must be learned as a whole unit of meaning.
    You can't translate "kick the bucket" verbatim into French with the same meaning because it's an idiom.
  2. A manner of speaking, a way of expressing oneself.
  3. An artistic style (for example, in art, architecture, or music).
  4. An instance of such a style.
  5. (linguistics) A communicative system under study, which could be called either a dialect or a language, when its status as a language or dialect is irrelevant.
  6. (programming) A programming technique which experienced programmers in a language are assumed to know.
    • 2005, Magnus Lie Hetland, Beginning Python: From Novice to Professional, ISBN 159059519X, page 100,  
      I have to use the same assignment and call to raw_input in two places. How can I avoid that? I can use the while True/break idiom: []

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