I need to make a list of idioms used in A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens.

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An idiom is a figurative expression, word, or phrase that is common enough or used often enough in a language that the literal meaning is no longer considered.

A Christmas Carol makes use of several idioms that were perhaps made more popular because of the fame of this short novel.

Here are a few of the more well known idioms used in the story to help you get your list started:

  • Dead as a doornail = irreverent way of saying dead a long time, or very dead.
  • Tight-fisted = cheap; won't open his hand to give money or anything else.
  • Solitary as an oyster = alone but not lonely, oysters have no sense of community.
  • Humbug = a phrase made popular by Scrooge's use of it; original meaning is "hoax" or "jest."  Scrooge uses "Bah Humbug" to declare Christmas a fraud or a hoax (an excuse to give to the poor, stay home from work, and be kind for no reason).
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