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What is a word that means a phrase in common use that can not be understood by literal or ordinary meaning?

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Idiom.
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Italians use the phrase "cavoli riscaldati" as a term to rivive an old love affair just as jaronzello says. They believe the concept is similar to reheated cabbage because
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I would understand it to mean that an argument or disagreement had got out of hand and was going to turn into a fight. So best to go outside and fight in the garden.
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