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An example of a colloquialism is the cliche "Life's short."
Please avoid using any colloquialism or slang in any of your formal essays.
The Pelican has used an English colloquialism which has a similar meaning.
His accented English has some incongruous colloquialism - " whoa, beautiful dancer " was his reaction on first seeing Bussell at NYCB.
The privatized rail system has been such a disaster that Railtrack has become a colloquialism for a chaotic and crazy way to run things.
Using a colloquialism can be a good way to add some everyday language to a piece of creative writing.