alloy (something) with (something else)

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alloy (something) with (something else)

1. Literally, to melt different metals together. Can I alloy this metal with copper? Yes, I alloyed the tin with lead earlier. I wouldn't alloy this metal with that one if you don't know how they're going to react to each other.
2. By extension, to combine two things (typically two aspects or traits of someone or something). Ellen has been so successful because she alloyed her dedication with her natural talent. I don't understand why he doesn't alloy his passion for video games with his interest in coding. She's written so many novels because she's alloyed her tireless work ethic to her love of writing.
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alloy something with something

 
1. Lit. to combine one molten metal into another molten metal. Is it possible to alloy copper with nickel? The copper has been alloyed \ with nickel.
2. Fig. to combine one quality or attribute with another. She alloyed her courage with a helping of wisdom. Her courage has been alloyed with wisdom.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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