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Subject: Well-known phrases
Question: What is it called when someone only uses part of a well-known phrase, assuming the reader/listener knows the rest of the phrase that has been omitted?

Example: Saying, ''She made her bed.'' instead of saying ''She made her bed, now she has to lie in it.''

From: Karen
Date: 06-Jan-2014
  1. Re: Well-known phrases    Geoffrey Richard Sampson     (15-Jan-2014)
  2. Re: Well-known phrases    Madalena Cruz-Ferreira     (15-Jan-2014)

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