Other people did it, in their day, using their own icons and idioms.
The prayer of faith, ascending in the idioms of every latitude, converges into one in heaven.
The idioms of his boyhood days still slipped out of his mouth.
But the greatest difficulty in their case is the remote character of the words and idioms used by Tim.
It is, however, very difficult to acquire the idioms of the natives.
Many of its constructions follow closely the African idioms.
The idioms of one language cannot be preserved in a translation.
It was believed that the preaching of the Gospel would clear away the obstacle which was created by the diversity of idioms.
Then, as now, the Jews adopted with facility the idioms of the countries they inhabited.
In point of fact Goethe retained to the end the intonation and the idioms of his native speech.
1580s, "form of speech peculiar to a people or place," from Middle French idiome (16c.) and directly from Late Latin idioma "a peculiarity in language," from Greek idioma "peculiarity, peculiar phraseology," from idioumai "to appropriate to oneself," from idios "personal, private," properly "particular to oneself," from PIE *swed-yo-, suffixed form of root *s(w)e-, pronoun of the third person and reflexive (referring back to the subject of a sentence), also used in forms denoting the speaker's social group, "(we our-)selves" (cf. Sanskrit svah, Avestan hva-, Old Persian huva "one's own," khva-data "lord," literally "created from oneself;" Greek hos "he, she, it;" Latin suescere "to accustom, get accustomed," sodalis "companion;" Old Church Slavonic svoji "his, her, its," svojaku "relative, kinsman;" Gothic swes "one's own;" Old Norse sik "oneself;" German Sein; Old Irish fein "self, himself"). Meaning "phrase or expression peculiar to a language" is from 1620s.
A traditional way of saying something. Often an idiom, such as “under the weather,” does not seem to make sense if taken literally. Someone unfamiliar with English idioms would probably not understand that to be “under the weather” is to be sick. (See examples under “Idioms.”)