colloquialism

[kuh-loh-kwee-uh-liz-uhm]
noun
2.
colloquial style or usage.

Origin:
1800–10; colloquial + -ism

colloquialist, noun
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colloquialism (kəˈləʊkwɪəˌlɪzəm)
 
n
1.  a word or phrase appropriate to conversation and other informal situations
2.  the use of colloquial words and phrases

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colloquialism
1810, "a colloquial word or phrase," from colloquial + -ism.
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Define the words: quote, idiom, colloquialism if needed.
If using a colloquialism is absolutely unavoidable, set it out in quote marks, then define it for good measure.
But that's the one where it gets kind of tricky though, and huddles kind of becomes a colloquialism for brief for some reason.
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