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Noun and noun:
Many binomials combine words which are similar or closely connected in meaning:
peace and quiet: freedom from noise and disturbance
life and times: the story of someone's life, especially in its social context
law and order: the maintenance of a good society because people follow the laws and criminals are caught and punished.
Other binomials refer to things that are closely or frequently connected:
fish and chips: the popular and traditional take-away food in Britain
salt and vinegar: the condiments or flavourings that are often had with chips
pros and cons: the advantages and disadvantages of something; the things for and against something.
Many binomials combine words that rhyme:
odds and sods: a collection of small and unimportant things. Odds and ends has the same meaning.
hustle and bustle: a lot of noise and activity
Many binomials use alliteration. This is when the sounds at the beginning of the words are similar.
rest and relaxation: a time of inactivity, for example when on holiday
trials and tribulations: the difficult challenges that we face in life
Many binomials combine grammar words such as prepositions and conjunctions.
ups and downs: the good and bad times in life
ins and outs: the details and fine points of something.
down and out: a homeless and jobless person. This is also often used as an adjective.
ifs and buts: the reasons why someone doesn't want to do something; their objections
Many common binomials are referred to by an abbreviation of the initial letters.
R and R: rest and relaxation
P and P: postage and packing - usually seen when you buy something that needs delivery.
R and D: research and development - usually a department in an industrial business.
It's been ages
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