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Table 2 Themes of Oxford Dictionary of Idioms index

From: A thematic corpus-based study of idioms in the Corpus of Contemporary American English

Theme Idioms
Action 28
Age 20
Ambition 12
Anger and annoyance 37
Anxiety and worry 20
Appearance 23
Argument and conflict 32
Beauty 12
Boastfulness and conceit 17
Bribery, corruption, and extortion 19
Caution 18
Certainty 17
Change 24
Chaos and disorder 25
Class 13
Clothes 11
Cooperation 26
Courage 18
Crime and punishment 20
Crisis 19
Critics and criticism 24
Danger 25
Death 29
Debt 11
Deception and lying 25
Doubt and uncertainty 10
Duty and responsibility 13
Embarrassment, shame, and humiliation 18
Equality 15
Excess and extravagance 21
Expense 19
Experience 17
Family 18
Fate and chance 8
Food 15
Fools and foolishness 19
Foresight and the future 7
Forgiveness and reconciliation 10
Futility 30
Gossip and rumor 8
Happiness, pleasure, and enjoyment 33
Haste and speed 32
Health and illness 15
Honesty 14
Hope and optimism 14
Hypocrisy 8
Indecision and prevarication 13
Intelligence and knowledge 16
Jealousy and envy 7
Justice 10
Language, speech, and conversation 22
Laziness 9
Love 14
Madness 19
Marriage 8
Misfortune and adversity 39
Mistakes 18
Money, wealth, and prosperity 27
Opportunity 29
Poverty 15
Power 28
Pregnancy 7
Preparation and readiness 26
Reputation and fame 15
Revenge and retribution 16
Secrecy 29
Self-interest 25
Strength 18
Success 30
Surprise 13
Thoroughness 14
Time 19
Traitors and treachery 17
Travel and transport 24
Unhappiness and disappointment 17
Violence 18
Warfare 12
Weakness 16
Weather 9
Work and employment 27
Youth 11