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Posted by Probe on January 16, 2009 at 06:35

In Reply to: 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: //, there's a cool "Idioms are for the birds" T-shirt on the Mental Floss site:

Thank you. But is it a long-established phrase or one just recently coined?