words and expressions used in a particular profession or by a particular group of people, which are difficult for other people to understand - often used to show disapproval
language or words that are colloquial are used mainly in informal conversations rather than in writing or formal speech
very informal, sometimes offensive, language that is used especially by people who belong to a particular group, such as young people or criminals.
a polite word or expression that you use instead of a more direct one to avoid shocking or upsetting someone
a custom that says you must avoid a particular activity or subject, either because it is considered offensive or because your religion does not allow it
if two situations, ideas etc are intertwined, they are closely related to each other
a group of words that has a special meaning that is different from the ordinary meaning of each separate word. For example, 'under the weather' is an idiom meaning 'ill'.
a small group of people involved in an organization or activity who like the same things and are friendly with each other, but do not want other people to join them
if a part of the body atrophies or is atrophied, it becomes weak because of lack of use or lack of blood.
a form of written language as used in text messages and other digital communications, characterized by many abbreviations and typically not following standard grammar, spelling, punctuation, and style.
the literal meaning of a word or expression is its basic or original meaning
a figurative word or phrase is used in a different way from its usual meaning, to give you a particular idea or picture in your mind.
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