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Meaning Not everything that looks precious or valuable is necessarily so. Origin The original form of this phrase was 'all that glisters is not gold'.
Idioms and idiomatic expressions in English An idiom is a group of words in current usage having a meaning that is not deducible from those of the individual words. For example, "to rain cats and dogs" - which means "to rain very heavily" - is an idiom; and "over the moon" - which means "extremely happy" - is another idiom. In both cases, you would have a hard time understanding the real meaning if you did not already know these idioms! Idioms Quizzes : Have fun and test your knowledge of English Idioms by doing some of our 480 English Idioms Quiz Questions Idioms Forum : Ask questions about and discuss English idioms and sayings
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