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For the purpose of this work the author seems to apply the traditional definition of idiomatic set phrases as "conventionalized complex expressions" (Everaert et al.
16) One thing I should like to investigate more fully is the way in which some of the allusions which here form an organic whole also appears scattered throughout Shakespeare's earlier works: `many-coloured' was already Shakespeare's own set phrase for Iris, having been used by him in All's Well That Ends Well, I.
To consult Brother Jonathan then became a set phrase, and Brother Jonathan became a name for the typical shrewd Yankee.
Cromwell focuses on Aristophanes, a Coptic scribe in eighth-century Egypt, who wrote administrative texts and private legal documents in Coptic, interspersed with set phrases in Greek, as well as mundane pieces, such as lists and receipts for goods.
He defined it as a person "whose interests are of a material and commonplace nature" and added another dimension: "Philistinism implies not only a collection of stock ideas but also the use of set phrases, cliches, banalities expressed in faded words," he wrote in his essay, "Philistines and Philistinism.