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What's this word?

 
 
Reply Mon 3 Apr, 2017 12:33 pm
Is there a word in the English language for phrases that people say a lot to describe ideas, but aren't quite sayings.

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centrox
 
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Reply Mon 3 Apr, 2017 12:34 pm
Can you give an example?
tsarstepan
 
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Reply Mon 3 Apr, 2017 01:10 pm
@perennialloner,
Probably not adage or platitude.
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PUNKEY
 
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Reply Mon 3 Apr, 2017 02:48 pm
@perennialloner,
idiom, expression, colloquialism, quote
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roger
 
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Reply Mon 3 Apr, 2017 02:51 pm
@perennialloner,
Metaphor?
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perennialloner
 
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Reply Mon 3 Apr, 2017 02:59 pm
@centrox,
Like, "the free world," "melting pot," and "nation of immigrants" to describe the United States. do phrases like these have a name? or are they just common descriptions?
layman
 
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Reply Mon 3 Apr, 2017 04:12 pm
@perennialloner,
"Cliche(s)" is the closest I can think of, although I think it's actually a french word.

P.S.: I just looked at one dictionary which defines a "cliche" as: "a phrase or opinion that is overused and betrays a lack of original thought."
PUNKEY
 
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Reply Mon 3 Apr, 2017 05:24 pm
@perennialloner,
Its a "term."
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camlok
 
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Reply Tue 30 May, 2017 09:10 pm
@layman,
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"Cliche(s)" is the closest I can think of, although I think it's actually a french word.


It came from French but as soon as it did, it was an English word.
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