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A programming idiom is the usual and customary way to write code in a particular language. Idioms are highly recognizable ways of overcoming a particular limitation and/or writing commonly-used code, sometimes with a purpose that is separate from the literal meaning of the code. An idiom can also be the standard way of implementing something when there are multiple ways to do it.

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A programming idiom is a means of expressing a recurring construct in one or more programming languages. Generally speaking, a programming idiom is an expression of a simple task, algorithm, or data structure that is not a built-in feature in the programming language being used, or, conversely, the use of an unusual or notable feature that is built into a programming language.

Something is usually described as being of "idiomatic use" when the construct is common, brief and "comes naturally" to the user of the programming language.