linguistics Linguistics is the science, scientific study of language. It encompasses the analysis of every aspect of language, as well as the methods for studying and modeling them. The traditional areas of linguistic analysis include phonetics, phonet ...
and stylistics, an irreversible binomial, (frozen) binomial, binomial pair, binomial expression, (binomial) freeze, or nonreversible word pair is a pair or group of words used together in fixed order as an
idiom An idiom is a phrase or expression that typically presents a figurative language, figurative, non-literal meaning (linguistic), meaning attached to the phrase; but some phrases become figurative idioms while retaining the literal meaning of the ph ...
atic expression or collocation. The words belong to the same part of speech, have some semantic relationship, and are usually connected by the words ''and'' or ''or''. The term "irreversible binomial" was introduced by Yakov Malkiel in 1954, though various aspects of the phenomenon had been discussed since at least 1903 under different names: a "terminological imbroglio". Ernest Gowers used the name Siamese twins (i.e., conjoined twins) in the 1965 edition of Fowler's ''Modern English Usage''. The 2015 edition reverts to the scholarly name, "irreversible binomials", as "Siamese twins" had become offensive to some. Many irreversible binomials are catchy due to alliteration or rhyming, and many have become ubiquitous clichés or catchphrases. Phrases like ''rock and roll'', ''the birds and the bees'', ''mix and match'', and ''wear and tear'' have meanings beyond those of the constituent words and are thus inseparable and permanent parts of the English lexicon; the former two are idioms, whilst the latter two are collocations. Ubiquitous collocations like ''loud and clear'' and ''life or death'' are fixed expressions, making them a standard part of the
vocabulary A vocabulary, also known as a wordstock or word-stock, is a set of familiar words within a person's language. A vocabulary, usually developed with age, serves as a useful and fundamental tool for communication and learning, acquiring knowledge. ...
of native English speakers. The order of elements cannot be reversed. They may be composed of various parts of speech: ''milk and honey'' (two nouns), ''short and sweet'' (two adjectives), and ''do or die'' (two verbs). Some English words have become obsolete in general but are still found in an irreversible binomial. For example, ''spick'' in ''spick and span'' is a fossil word that never appears outside the phrase. Some other words, like ''vim'' in ''vim and vigor'' or ''abet'' in ''aid and abet'', have become rare and archaism, archaic outside the collocation. And it's unlikely that many know how to define the word ''kith'' in ''kith and kin'', as its meaning has long been tied to the binomial as a fossil word. Some irreversible binomials are used in legalese. Due to the use of precedent in common law, many lawyers use the same collocations found in documents centuries old, many of which are legal doublets of two synonyms, often one of Old English origin, the other of Latin origin: ''deposes and says'', ''heirs and successors''. While many irreversible binomials are literal expressions (like ''washer and dryer, rest and relaxation, rich and famous, savings and loan''), some are entirely figurative (like ''come hell or high water, nip and tuck, surf and turf'') or mostly figurative (like ''between a rock and a hard place, five and dime''). Others are somewhat in between these extremes because they are more subtle figures of speech, synecdoches, metaphors, or hyperboles (like ''cat and mouse, sick and tired, barefoot and pregnant, rags to riches''). The terms are often the targets of eggcorns, malapropisms, mondegreens, and folk etymology. Some irreversible binomials have variations: ''time and time again'' is frequently shortened to ''time and again''; a person who is covered in ''tar and feathers'' (noun) usually gets that way by tarring and feathering, the action of a mob that ''tars and feathers'' (verb) undesirable people. The precise wording may change the meaning. A ''give and take'' is mutual flexibility, while ''give or take'' is a numerical approximation. A person can do something whether it is ''right or wrong'' in contrast to knowing the difference between ''right and wrong''; each word pair has a subtly differing meaning. And while ''five and dime'' is a noun phrase for a Variety store#North America, low-priced variety store, ''nickel and dime'' is a verb phrase for penny-pinching.


The words in an irreversible binomial belong to the same part of speech, have some semantic relationship, and are usually connected by ''and'' or ''or''. They are often near-synonyms or antonyms, alliterations, alliterate, or rhyme. Examples below are split into various tables; some may belong in more than one table but are listed only once.

With opposites and antonyms

* ''addition and subtraction'' * ''assets and liabilities'' * ''back and forth'' * ''balls and strikes'' * ''beginning to end'' * ''black and white'' * ''big and small'' * ''boys and girls'' * ''bride and groom'' * ''brother and sister'' * ''butt and pass'' * ''buy and sell'' * ''catch and release'' * ''cause and effect'' * ''church and state'' * ''cops and robbers'' * ''come and go'' * ''coming and going'' * ''cowboys and Indians'' * ''days and nights'' * ''deep and wide'' * ''dos and don'ts'' * ''dusk till dawn'' * ''ebb and flow'' * ''fire and ice'' * ''first and last'' * ''floor to ceiling'' * ''food and drink'' * ''fore and aft'' * ''foreign and domestic'' * ''forward and backward'' * ''friend or foe'' * ''front to back'' * ''fruits and vegetables'' * ''give and take'' * ''good and evil'' * ''hail and farewell'' * ''hand and foot'' * ''head over heels'' * ''Heaven and Hell'' * ''here and there'' * ''hide and seek'' * ''hill and dale'' * ''him and her'' * ''high and low'' * ''hills and valleys'' * ''his and hers'' * ''hither and thither'' * ''hither and yon'' * ''hot and cold'' * ''hurry up and wait'' * ''husband and wife'' * ''in and out'' * ''ladies and gentlemen'' * ''land and sea'' * ''life or death'' * ''long and short'' * ''lost and found'' * ''love and hate'' * ''love and war'' * ''man and wife'' * ''mom and pop'' * ''naughty or nice'' * ''near and far'' * ''night and day (difference)'' * ''nip and tuck (cosmetic surgery), nip and tuck'' * ''north to south'' * ''now and then'' * ''now and later'' * ''on and off'' * ''open and shut'' * ''over and under'' * ''park and ride'' * ''pen and ink'' * ''port and starboard'' * ''pros and cons'' * ''wikt:rank and file, rank and file'' * ''rise and fall'' * ''savings and loan'' * ''in sickness and in health'' * ''soap and water'' * ''start to finish'' * ''strike and dip'' * ''sweet and sour'' * ''stop and go'' * ''the quick and the dead (idiom), the quick and the dead'' * ''thick and thin'' * ''tip and ring'' * ''to and fro'' * ''top to bottom'' * ''town and country'' * ''up and down'' * ''ups and downs'' * ''uptown and downtown'' * ''victory and defeat'' * ''war and peace'' * ''washer and dryer'' * ''wax and wane'' * ''yes and no''

With related words and synonyms

* ''ages and generations'' * ''aid and comfort'' * ''alas and alack'' * ''bits and pieces'' * ''body and soul'' * ''born and raised/bred'' * ''bright and early'' * ''brick and mortar'' * ''by hook or by crook'' * ''cheek by jowl'' * ''clean and tidy'' * ''chapter and verse'' * ''(this) day and age'' * ''dollars and cents'' * ''dot the i's and cross the t's'' * ''fear and loathing'' * ''fish and chips'' * ''first and foremost'' * ''hail and farewell'' * ''hand over fist'' * ''haughty and high minded'' * ''head and shoulders'' * ''heart and soul'' * ''herbs and spices'' * ''house and home'' * ''hunger and thirst'' * ''leaps and bounds'' * ''like father, like son'' * '':wikt:like mother, like daughter, like mother, like daughter'' * ''lo and behold'' * ''neat and tidy'' * ''six of one,
half a dozen of the other'' * ''nickel and dime'' * ''nook and cranny'' * ''null and void'' * ''over and done with'' * ''pain and suffering'' * ''peace and quiet'' * ''pick and choose'' * ''(on) pins and needles'' * ''plain and simple'' * ''prim and proper'' * ''rant and rave'' * ''rocks and shoals'' * ''shock and awe'' * ''signs and wonders'' * ''skull and bones'' * ''skull and crossbones (symbol), skull and crossbones'' * ''strait and narrow'' * ''stress and strain'' * ''ticks and chiggers'' * ''whine and complain'' * ''wind and rain'' * ''yea and amen''

With alliteration

Also see Reduplication#English, the English section of the Reduplication article for cases like ''walkie-talkie'', ''ragtag'', ''chit-chat'', ''hip-hop'', ''bing-bang-boom'', ''etc.'' * ''bag and baggage'' * ''baubles and beads'' * ''beams and balance'' * ''bed and breakfast'' * ''belt and braces'' * ''big and bad'' * ''the birds and the bees'' * ''bish bash bosh'' * ''black and blue'' * ''bold and beautiful'' * ''bootleggers and Baptists'' * ''boxers or briefs'' * ''wikt:bread and butter, bread and butter'' * ''bull and boar'' * ''cash and carry'' * ''chalk and cheese'' * ''cliques and clans'' * ''command and control'' * ''cookies and cream'' * ''deaf and dumb'' * ''(between the) devil and the deep blue sea'' * ''dine and dash'' * ''down and dirty'' * ''dribs and drabs'' * ''drink and drive'' * ''drunk and disorderly'' * ''Dungeons and Dragons'' * ''fast and furious'' * ''feast or famine'' * ''fire and forget'' * ''fire and fury'' * ''fit in or fuck off'' * ''flip-flop (politics), flip-flop'' * ''flora and fauna'' * ''footloose and fancy-free'' * ''forgive and forget'' * ''form and function'' * ''friend or foe'' * ''fun and frolics'' * ''fur and feathers'' * ''ghosts and goblins'' * ''grins and giggles'' * ''guys and gals'' * ''to have and to hold'' * ''hearth and home'' * ''hem and haw'' * ''hoot and holler'' * ''Jew and Gentile'' * ''juking and jiving'' * ''king and country'' * ''kit and caboodle'' * ''kith and kin'' * ''last but not least'' * ''latitude and longitude'' * ''Lend-Lease'' * ''life and limb'' * ''live and learn'' * ''lock and load'' * ''love it or leave it'' * ''mix and match'' * ''meek and mild'' * ''name and number'' * ''part and parcel'' * ''peas in a pod'' * ''pen and pencil'' * ''pen(cil) and paper'' * ''pig in a poke'' * ''pillar to post'' * ''pots and pans'' * ''publish or perish'' * ''rags to riches'' * ''ranting and raving'' * ''read and write'' * ''ready to rumble'' * ''rest and relaxation'' (R&R (military), R&R/R'n'R) * ''(without) rhyme or reason'' * ''right and wrong'' * ''rock and roll'' * ''rough and ready'' * ''rules and regulations'' * ''safe and secure'' * ''safe and sound'' * ''shot and shell'' * ''shower and shave'' * ''signs and symptoms'' * ''slip and slide'' * ''spick and span'' * ''spit and shine'' * ''Flag of the United States, Stars and Stripes'' * ''sticks and stones'' * ''sugar and spice'' * ''this or that'' * ''tic-tac-toe'' * ''tit for tat'' * ''top and tail'' * ''toss and turn'' * ''trick or treat'' * ''trials and tribulations'' * ''tried and tested'' * ''tried and true'' * ''truck and trailer'' * ''wash and wear'' * ''watching and waiting'' * ''weep and wail'' * ''wet and wild'' * ''whooping and hollering'' * ''wild and wooly'' * ''wise and wonderful'' * ''witches and warlocks'' * ''wrack and ruin''

With rhymes and similar-sounding words

* ''break and take'' * ''box and cox'' * ''chalk and talk'' * ''charts and darts'' * ''chips and dip'' * ''double trouble'' * ''even Steven'' * ''fender bender'' * ''five and dime'' * ''flotsam and jetsam'' * ''no fuss, no muss'' * ''handy-dandy'' * ''harum-scarum'' * ''helter skelter'' * ''higgledy piggledy'' * ''high and dry'' * ''hire and fire'' * ''hit it and quit'' * ''hither and thither'' * ''Hocus Pocus (magic), hocus pocus'' * ''hoi polloi'' * ''hoity toity'' * ''hot to trot'' * ''huff and puff'' * ''hustle and bustle'' * ''lap and gap'' * ''lean, mean, fightin' machine'' * ''lick 'em and stick 'em'' * ''loud and proud'' * ''mean, green, fightin' machine'' * ''meet and greet'' * ''motor voter'' * ''my way or the highway'' * ''namby-pamby'' * ''name and shame'' * ''name it and claim it'' * ''near and dear'' * ''never, ever'' * ''nitty gritty'' * ''odds and sods'' * ''onwards and upwards'' * ''orgy porgy'' * ''out and about'' * ''out and proud'' * ''pell-mell'' * ''pump and dump'' * ''rough and tough'' * ''shout and clout'' * ''saggy baggy'' * ''shake and bake'' * ''slowly but surely'' * ''smoke and joke'' * ''son of a gun'' * ''stash and dash'' * ''stop and drop'' * ''wikt:so far so good, so far, so good'' * ''surf and turf'' * ''time and tide'' * ''town and gown'' * ''use it or lose it'' * ''wake and bake'' * ''wear and tear'' * ''weed and feed'' * ''wham, bam, thank you, ma'am'' * ''willy nilly'' * ''wine and dine'' * ''yea or nay'' * ''(the) yeas and (the) nays''

Legal terminology

In law and official documents, there are many irreversible binomials or triplets consisting of near synonyms. See the Legal doublet article for a list.


The most common conjunctions in an irreversible binomial are ''and'' or ''or.''

With ''"and"'' as the conjunction

* ''above and beyond'' * ''airs and graces'' * ''alarm and muster'' * ''alive and kicking'' * ''alive and well'' * ''an arm and a leg'' * ''armed and dangerous'' * ''apples and oranges'' * ''back and fill'' * ''back and forth'' * ''full breakfast, bacon and eggs'' * ''bangers and mash'' * ''bait and switch'' * ''bait and tackle'' * ''(old) wikt:Special:Search/ball and chain, ball and chain'' * ''barefoot and pregnant'' * ''bargain and sale'' * ''beck and call'' * ''bells and whistles'' * ''belt and suspenders'' * ''big and bold'' * ''big and tall'' * ''binge and purge'' * ''bit and bridle'' * ''bits and bobs'' * ''bits and pieces'' * ''black and blue '' * ''block and tackle'' * ''blood and guts'' * ''blood and gore'' * ''bob and weave'' * ''bow and arrow'' * ''bound and determined'' * ''bound and gagged'' * ''bow and scrape'' * ''brace and bit'' * ''bread and water'' * ''bread and circuses'' * ''bread and roses'' * ''brown and serve'' * ''bucket and spade'' * ''bump and grind'' * ''by and large'' * ''by guess and by golly'' * ''cap and gown'' * ''car and driver'' * ''cat and mouse'' * ''cease and desist'' * ''checks and balances'' * ''chop and change'' * ''clean and sober'' * ''cloak and dagger'' * ''coat and tie'' * ''coffee and doughnuts'' * ''cock-and-bull'' * ''crash and burn'' * ''cream and sugar'' * ''crime and punishment'' * ''cup and saucer'' * ''cut and dried (dry)'' * ''cut and paste'' * ''cut and run'' * ''dandelion and burdock'' * ''day and night'' * ''dead and buried'' * ''dead and gone'' * ''death and taxes'' * ''divide and rule, divide and conquer'' * ''dog and pony show'' * ''down and out'' * ''duck and cover'' * ''duck and dive'' * ''each and every'' * ''eyes and ears'' * ''far and wide'' * ''fast and furious'' * ''fast and loose'' * ''fine and dandy'' * ''fingers and thumbs'' * ''fire and brimstone'' * ''fish and chips'' * ''(by) fits and starts'' * ''flesh and blood'' * ''flesh and bone'' * ''forever and a day'' * ''forever and ever'' * ''front and center'' * ''fun and games'' * ''fuss and bother'' * ''goals and aspirations'' * ''good and plenty'' * ''goodness and light'' * ''hale and hearty'' * ''hard and fast'' * ''ham and eggs'' * ''hammer and nail'' * ''hammer and sickle'' * ''wikt:hammer and tongs, hammer and tongs'' * ''hearts and minds'' * ''here and now'' * ''hide and watch'' * ''high and mighty'' * ''high and dry'' * ''high and tight'' * ''hit and run'' * ''hit it and quit it'' * ''hither and yon'' * ''hither and thither'' * ''home and hosed'' * ''home and dry'' * ''hook and eye'' * ''hook and loop'' * ''horse and buggy'' * ''horse and carriage'' * ''hot and heavy'' * ''hot and high'' * ''hot and bothered'' * ''hugs and kisses'' (XOXO) * ''(for all) intents and purposes'' * ''kippers and custard'' * ''kiss and tell'' * ''kiss and makeup'' * ''kith and kin'' * ''knife and fork'' * ''lakes and streams'' * ''last will and testament'' * ''law and order (politics), law and order'' * ''lo and behold'' * ''lock and dam'' * ''lock and key'' * ''look and feel'' * ''loud and clear'' * ''make do and mend'' * ''man and boy'' * ''meat and potatoes'' * ''men and women'' * ''milk and honey'' * ''mortise and tenon'' * ''name and address'' * ''names and faces'' * ''nice and easy'' * ''nook and cranny'' * ''noughts and crosses'' * ''nuts and bolts'' * ''odds and ends'' * ''off and away'' * ''once and for all'' * ''out and about'' * ''wikt:over and out, over and out'' * ''peaches and cream'' * ''Ps and Qs'' * ''peanut butter and jelly'' * ''peas and carrots'' * ''pestle and mortar'' * ''pickles and ice cream'' * ''pick and axe'' * ''piss and vinegar'' * ''prize and booty'' * ''pork and beans'' * ''pure and simple'' * ''quick and dirty'' * ''rack and pinion'' * ''rack and ruin'' * ''raining cats and dogs'' * ''rape and pillage'' * ''research and development'' (R&D) * ''rhythm and blues'' (R&B) * ''rich and famous'' * ''rise and shine'' * ''wikt:between a rock and a hard place, (between a) rock and a hard place'' * ''room and board'' * ''rough and tumble'' * ''run and jump'' * ''(all's) said and done'' * ''salt and pepper'' * ''scratch and sniff'' * ''search and rescue'' * ''seek and destroy'' * ''shirt and tie'' * ''short and fat'' * ''short and sweet'' * ''short and stout'' * ''wikt:show and tell, show and tell'' * ''shuck and jive'' * ''sick and tired'' * ''slash and burn'' * ''slings and arrows'' * ''slip and fall'' * ''slow and steady'' * ''skin and bone(s)'' * ''smash and grab'' * ''smoke and mirrors'' * ''snakes and ladders'' * ''socks and shoes'' * ''song and dance'' * ''sound and fury'' * ''(in) spirit and (in) truth'' * ''spit and polish'' * ''stand and deliver'' * ''stress and strain'' * ''suave and debonair'' * ''suit and tie'' * ''sunshine and rainbows'' * ''supply and demand'' * ''sweetness and light'' * ''a swing and a miss'' * ''sword and sandal'' * ''tables and chairs'' * ''tall and thin'' * ''tarring and feathering, tar(red) and feather(ed)'' * ''tar and feathers'' * ''tea and crumpets'' * ''(through) thick and thin'' * ''thunder and lightning'' * ''tits and ass'' * ''to and fro'' * ''tooth and nail'' * ''touch and go'' * ''track and field'' * ''trial and error'' * ''tuck and roll'' * ''up and about'' * ''vim and vigor'' * ''wait and see'' * ''warm and fuzzy'' * ''warp and woof'' * ''ways and means'' * ''weak and girlish'' * ''whinge and whine'' * ''wine and roses'' * ''words and phrases'' * ''X's and O's'' * ''yes and no'' * ''a year and a day rule, year and a day''

With ''"or"'' or ''"nor"'' as the conjunction

* ''all or nothing'' * ''better or worse'' * ''big or small'' * ''black or white'' * ''business or pleasure'' * ''the chicken or the egg'' * ''day or night'' * ''dead or alive'' * ''do or die'' * ''fight or flight'' * ''(neither) fish nor fowl'' * ''give or take'' * ''good or bad'' * ''gentle or simple'' * ''he or she'' * ''heads or tails'' * ''(come) hell or high water'' * ''(neither) here nor there'' * ''(neither) hide nor hair'' * ''his or her'' * ''hit or miss'' * ''(not one) jot or tittle'' * ''kill or cure'' * ''kill or be killed'' * ''(neither) love nor money'' * ''make or break'' * ''more or less'' * ''now or never'' * ''wikt:put up or shut up, put up or shut up'' * ''rain or shine'' * ''rhyme or reason'' * ''right or wrong'' * ''sink or swim'' * ''sooner or later'' * ''take it or leave it'' * ''two or more'' * ''up or down'' * ''(neither) use nor ornament'' * ''victory or death'' * ''win or lose'' * ''yes and no, yes or no''

With no conjunction

*''hoity toity'' *''hunter-gatherer''

People and fictional characters

* Abbott and Costello * Adam and Eve * Antony and Cleopatra * Ant & Dec * Batman and Robin (comics), Robin * Bonnie and Clyde * Cain and Abel * Cannon and Ball * Castor and Pollux * Tom and Ray Magliozzi, Click and Clack * Damon and Pythias * Dick and Jane * Flanders and Swann * French and Saunders * Frick and Frack * Gilbert and Sullivan * Jacob and Esau * Jack and Jill (nursery rhyme), Jack and Jill * Laurel and Hardy * Lennon and McCartney * Lewis and Clark * Little and Large * Martin and Lewis * Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen * Mel and Sue * Morecambe and Wise * Mork and Mindy * Penn & Teller * Phineas and Ferb * Pinky & The Brain * Ren & Stimpy * Rick and Morty * Rodgers and Hart * Rodgers and Hammerstein * ''Romeo and Juliet'' * Romulus and Remus * Sam and Max * Sonny & Cher * Tom & Jerry * Tristan and Isolde * Tim & Eric * Vic & Bob

Rhyming slang

* ''Adam and Eve'' * ''apples and pears'' * ''bottle and glass'' * ''Brahms and Liszt'' * ''dog and bone'' * ''frog and toad'' * ''hand and blister'' * ''north and south'' * ''rabbit and pork'' * ''tit for tat'' * ''trouble and strife'' * ''two and eight'' * ''whistle and flute''


Irreversible binomials are sometimes isocolons (bicolons, tricolons, etc.) which have become set phrases. They may also be called simply binomials. With three words, they may be called trinomials, and may satisfy the rule of three (writing), rule of three in writing.

Common trinomials

* ''Abraham's family tree, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob'' * ''animal, vegetable, or mineral'' * ''materiel, beans, bullets, and bandages'' * ''poverty, beg, borrow, or steal'' * ''bell, book, and candle'' * ''blood, sweat, and tears'' * ''calm, cool, and collected'' * ''Coffee, tea, or me?'' * ''wikt:could have, would have, should have, could've, would've, should've'' * ''Eagle, Globe, and Anchor'' ** ''bird, ball, and chain'' * ''ear, nose, and throat'' * ''eat, drink, and be merry'' * ''fat, dumb, and happy'' * ''Trinity, Father, Son, and Holy Ghost'' * ''fear, uncertainty, and doubt'' * ''Medicare fraud, fraud, waste, and abuse'' * ''friends, Romans, countrymen'' * ''(do not) fold, spindle, or mutilate'' * ''Get it? Got it? Good.'' * ''Olympic medal, gold, silver, and bronze'' * ''good, bad, and indifferent'' * ''the good, the bad, and the ugly'' * ''Guns, Germs, and Steel'' * ''hand, foot, and mouth disease, hand, foot, and mouth'' * ''Poor Richard's Almanack, healthy, wealthy, and wise'' * ''here, there, and everywhere'' * ''hook, line, and sinker (idiom), hook, line, and sinker'' * ''lather, rinse, repeat'' * ''lie, cheat, or steal'' * ''wikt:lights, camera, action, lights, camera, action'' * ''real estate broker, location, location, location'' * ''horse racing, win, place, or show'' * ''hop, skip, and a jump'' * ''veni, vidi, vici, I came, I saw, I conquered'' * ''(no) ifs, ands, or buts'' * ''extrajudicial punishment, judge, jury, and executioner'' * ''left, right and center'' * ''life, liberty, and property'' * ''lock, stock, and barrel'' * ''mad, bad, and dangerous'' * ''me, myself, and I'' * ''nasty, brutish, and short'' * ''The Niña, the Pinta (ship), Pinta, and the Santa María (ship), Santa María'' * ''Planes, Trains, and Automobiles'' * ''United States Postal Service, (neither) rain, nor sleet, nor snow'' * ''the three Rs, reading, writing and 'rithmetic'' * ''ready, willing, and able'' * ''Red White and Blue (disambiguation), red, white, and blue'' * ''hippie#1970–present: Aftershocks, sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll'' * ''Shake, Rattle, and Roll'' * ''short and sweet and to the point'' * ''slips, trips, and falls'' * ''small, medium, and large'' * ''stop, drop, and roll'' * ''stop, look, and listen'' * ''homeless shelter#Religious shelters, soup, soap, and salvation'' * ''sugar and spice and everything nice'' * ''tall, dark, and handsome'' * ''this, that, and the other'' * ''Tom, Dick, and Harry'' * ''up, down, and sideways'' * ''way, shape, or form'' * ''whats, whys, and wherefores'' * ''win, lose, or draw''

See also

* Anastrophe * Collocation * Fossil word * Hendiadys * Hendiatris * Isocolon * Meme * Merism * Phraseme * Set phrase * Trope (literature), Trope * Word order




* Sarah Bunin Benor, Roger Levy, "The Chicken or the Egg?: A Probabilistic Analysis of English Binomials", ''Language (journal), Language'' 82:2:233-278 (June 2006)
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* Ourania Hatzidaki, "Binomials and the Computer: a Study in Corpus-Based Phraseology", ALLC/ACH Conference, University of Glasgow, July 200

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