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It is not easy to distinguish between clichés and what linguists callcollocations--that is, collections of words that, while not unanalyzable idioms per se (like red herring, tall order , or take off in the sense of `satirize'), nonetheless seem to fall together with great frequency.
No one could claim that it is an easy task to createcollocations dictionaries: the chief problem is where to draw the proverbial line on a spectrum ranging from complete predictability, usually on a left-to-right basis, to total volatility of association by mere juxtaposition, for example, corned beef v. cheap beef .
The important contrast is between the bush vegetation in its natural state, country covered in such vegetation, and brush and scrub as subsets of bush on the one hand, and, on the other, country that is naturally open or that has been cleared, an activity which gave the language to burn off as well as short-livedcollocations like clearing gang, clearing lease, and clearing party.
It has to be admitted that there are far too few collocationsdictionaries around.