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Language - Idioms

Author: Edward L Winston
Added: February 3rd, 2010

The origin and meaning of idioms, or expressions, are discussed.

It's idiomatic, biatch.

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  1. Rule of thumb

Rule of thumb

A husband could beat his wife so long as he didn't use a stick larger than his thumb

There's never been such a law in English or American law, it actually refers to early non-standard measurements. For example a foot would be the length of an adult male's foot, a yard would often be the length of his arm, and so forth. It's where we get all of the goofy measurements like foot, hands, and so forth from[15].