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Turnpike
Posted: Wednesday, February 24, 2021 2:17:25 AM
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Hi,
Is "when the moon is full" an idiom?

"Poor Kitty wasn’t a bad girl, only a little skittish, when the
moon was full
. You would have to forgive her – though not
many did, in this parish."
thar
Posted: Wednesday, February 24, 2021 2:53:50 AM

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It is another way of saying when there is a full moon.

The phases of the moon are described in a particular way
A full moon, a new moon, a half moon, a crescent moon.

You could say 'when the moon is new', but the full moon is more interesting, culturally. And unless there is a sliver of white, you would say there is no moon.
A lot more happens during the full moon! Supernaturally like werewolves, and in the minds of humans (eg lunatic = mad. Luna = the moon. Lunar = (edited) adjective related to the moon, lunar eclipse etc)

So not so much idiomatic, as a more poetic version of the standard way of expressing it.



Quarters are more commonly called half moons and gibbous is not a common term.
Waxing and waning is a common idiom for getting bigger and smaller in a repeating cycle.
Waning is a common word but waxing is much less common except for a couple of idioms like 'to wax lyrical'.
Turnpike
Posted: Wednesday, February 24, 2021 3:01:49 AM
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Thank you, Thar!
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