In Reply to: Re: Spare/heir posted by ESC on January 14, 2009 at 12:02:
: : "He's a spare, not an heir" - is this an idiom?
: My thought is, no it isn't. I daydreamed through my college English classes, so I could be wrong. A definition is: An idiom is an expression whose meaning can't be derived simply by hearing it, such as "kick the bucket." More phrase definitions here: http://www.phrases.org.uk/bulletin_board/21/messages/482.html By the way, there's a cool "Idioms are for the birds" T-shirt on the Mental Floss site: http://www.mentalfloss.com/store/product.php?productid=16212&cat=103&page=1
Thank you. But is it a long-established phrase or one just recently coined?