Are idioms, phrases, proverbs(sayings) the same things?

Are idioms, phrases, proverbs(sayings) the same things??

I want to know the difference b/w them.. and also list some popular ones(more than 5) under each of them.. And also, show me how to use them in a sentence.. I face problems in constructing sentences with them.

The Most satisfying answer will get 10 points =)

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    IDIOM - It's a phrase which doesn't mean anything literally by itself, but can be used in a sentence to mean something indirectly.

    Eg.- 1.Blessing in disguise: She is lucky she didn't get hurt in the accident, its a blessing in disguise. (here although she has met an accident but she has learnt to drive safely or more carefully, which is indicated by "blessing in disguise")

    2.Blood is thicker than water: which means family relations are closest

    3.Once in a blue moon: which indicates rare occurrences

    4.Break a Leg: wishing good luck

    5.Dry Run : rehearse

    PHRASE - It's a group of words acting as a single unit in a sentence.

    eg:- 1. The house at the end of the street is spooky.(here "house at the end of the street" is the phrase and acts like a noun)

    2.The girl with purple hair has been screaming since the start of the class.

    3. His good relations with the animals are probably of his animal instinct.

    4.I've got bigger fish to fry. (which means i've more important jobs to do)

    5.A pot of gold.

    PROVERBS - A proverbs is a commonly used sentence which is simple and expresses a common truth or practical knowledge.Sayings are the sentences which are commonly used. Proverbs are a type of sayings,other sayings are cliche,motto,idioms and many more.


    1.It takes two to tango. (which indicates teamwork)

    2.Let bygones be bygones.(which implies to forget the past)

    3.Love sees no fault. (another variation of love is blind)

    4.Look before you leap.(to cross check your plans before converting them to actions)

    5.Mind you own business.(to not interfere in other's life/work)

    So finally, basically idioms and proverbs comes under sayings category.Idiom's meaning can't be made out at first sight if we don't know where its being used, whereas proverb is a practical thought or words of wisdom in short.

    Hope u get it.

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  • 3 years ago

    Idiom Phrases

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  • Amy
    Lv 4
    4 years ago

    Those phrases don't mean the same thing. First of all, Shakespeare wrote moreless that a rose by any other name would smell as sweet which means that if you call a thorn a rose, it would still have the same characteristics and its label is not important. The second expression means the subject matter is what you think it is if it has all the characteristics it should in your perception of it.

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  • 1 decade ago

    idioms,phrases and proverbs can be used to mean the same thing..

    an idiom's meaning cannot be inferred from its constituent words..for example-kick the bucket-the meaning that a person could get literally from its constituents differs totally from its actual meaning "to die"..

    it is a manner that is originated by peoples own assumptions that is natural to the native speaker..but when we translate to other languages their meaning varies..

    on the other hand take a phrase say..baker's dozen...dozen implies 12 but bakers take an additional baked product to their customers assuming that they would damage the item when they take it for it implies 13..

    you could say its meaning by its constituents..and it is common to all..whereas an idiom could change meaning between different groups of people..

    proverbs are based on ancient truths,myths,events that took in past..

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    nope they are very different things...........

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