Are there any idioms that can be found in "Waterland"?

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So, if I understand correctly, you are looking for words that are used in a way that is different from their dictionary definition -- is that correct?  If that is the case, let me offer you a few examples.

  • On page 6, there is the following line "he'd flipped, he'd...

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So, if I understand correctly, you are looking for words that are used in a way that is different from their dictionary definition -- is that correct?  If that is the case, let me offer you a few examples.

  • On page 6, there is the following line "he'd flipped, he'd gone bananas."  Both of these words or phrases mean "to go crazy" or "to go mad."
  • On the page before that, the teacher says something is "beside the point" which means that it is not relevant.

To find more for youself, just look for words that don't make sense in their context -- ones that clearly don't mean what the dictionary says they mean.

Good luck!

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