An ELT Glossary : Lexical Chunks

Lexical chunk is an umbrella term for "words that go together" and covers various types of lexical relationships such as:

  • collocations (eg heavy rain, wild idea, narrow minded, depend on)
  • idioms ( eg not in a month of Sundays, beat around the bush, let the cat out of the bag) 
  • polywords (in spite of, of course, by dint of
  • trinomials (hook, line and sinker, tall, dark and handsome, blood, sweat and tears)
  • gambits (The thing is..., If you ask me..., Can I just say that...)

Test Your Understanding...

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Recommended Reading

Lewis, M. The Lexical Approach, CENGAGE ELT