Multi-word units  frequency list

This list is based on the calculations on this webpage. The data here are based on data from the BNC and PIE

There are two lists of the SAME MWUs ordered alphabetically and by frequency.

 

Alphabetical     Frequency  
a bit 7,610   out of 41,845
a fortiori 35   per cent 35,474
a good deal 471   such as 28,783
a great deal 1,295   of course 24,091
a hell of a lot 12   at least 22,088
a la 172   up to 21,088
a la carte 167   for example 19,962
a la mode 12   rather than 19,332
a little 9,173   so that 17,192
a little bit 493   as well as 15,975
a lot 3,152   because of 15,576
a posteriori 6   according to 14,187
a priori 225   as if 13,162
a propos 6   more than 13,149
ab initio 46   at all 12,496
according as 22   in order 12,025
according to 14,187   away from 10,592
ad hoc 465   each other 9,727
ad hominem 20   in terms of 9,238
ad infinitum 44   a little 9,173
ad lib 120   no longer 8,069
ad libs 16   on to 7,946
ad nauseam 30   a bit 7,610
ad valorem 22   even if 7,341
adjacent to 515   due to 7,170
agent provocateur 7   as to 6,722
agents provocateurs 14   no one 6,622
agnus dei 9   for instance 6,384
ahead of 2,296   in particular 6,015
aide memoire 13   instead of 5,989
al dente 10   in front of 5,558
al fresco 25   apart from 5,485
all at once 342   even though 4,984
all but 483   subject to 4,698
all of a sudden 262   as though 4,555
all right 4,190   along with 4,424
all the same 755   in relation to 4,302
alma mater 19   in addition 4,229
along with 4,424   all right 4,190
alter ego(2) 47   and so on 4,082
an' all 78   at last 3,855
an awful lot 115   in general 3,847
ancien regime 55   other than 3,785
and so forth 428   as soon as 3,661
and so on 4,082   at first 3,654
anno domini 4   less than 3,631
annus horribilis 11   in favour of 3,291
annus mirabilis 17   once again 3,285
any longer 629   at once 3,261
anything but 179   no doubt 3,206
apart from 5,485   in addition to 3,178
art deco 66   a lot 3,152
art nouveau 71   et al 2,956
as against 368   prior to 2,953
as between 245   sort of 2,836
as for 2,208   in respect of 2,823
as from 253   that is 2,660
as if 13,162   at present 2,639
as it were 789   whether or not 2,614
as long as 2,172   one another 2,528
as of 679   now that 2,525
as opposed to 1,256   next to 2,474
as regards 631   on behalf of 2,470
as soon as 3,661   in spite of 2,450
as though 4,555   ahead of 2,296
as to 6,722   as for 2,208
as usual 1,059   as long as 2,172
as well as 15,975   on top of 2,132
as yet 1,320   even when 2,083
aside from 268   once more 2,061
asti spumante 4   depending on 2,027
at all 12,496   in part 1,976
at best 799   in accordance with 1,954
at first 3,654   by now 1,899
at large 713   in response to 1,881
at last 3,855   in case 1,839
at least 22,088   in the light of 1,691
at length 440   so as 1,607
at long last 112   from time to time 1,573
at most 346   except for 1,555
at once 3,261   by no means 1,535
at present 2,639   with regard to 1,532
at random 409   in that 1,527
at worst 235   in charge of 1,491
au contraire 6   by means of 1,481
au fait 28   on board 1,472
au naturel 5   on the part of 1,454
au pair 44   in connection with 1,421
au pairs 14   in view of 1,403
au revoir 19   as yet 1,320
auf wiedersehen 7   by way of 1,308
aurora borealis 9   a great deal 1,295
avant garde 56   even so 1,258
away from 10,592   as opposed to 1,256
bar mitzvah 14   with respect to 1,236
bar mitzvahs 3   contrary to 1,219
basso continuo 3   in conjunction with 1,180
basso profundo 3   for ever 1,175
beau monde 5   except that 1,127
beaujolais nouveau 14 1,120
because of 15,576   in line with 1,118
bete noir 6   so long as 1,118
bete noire 16   in touch with 1,116
betes noires 3   just about 1,116
bon appetit 6   in short 1,115
bon jour 3   given that 1,109
bon mot 11   as usual 1,059
bon vivant 7   far from 1,012
bon viveur 9   in support of 1,000
bon voyage 8   provided that 997
bona fide 224   in search of 936
bona fides 17   in common 917
bouquet garni 28   relative to 912
brand new 385   no matter how 902
but for 591   in between 897
by and by 13   over there 894
by and large 442   in return for 864
by far 851   under way 852
by far and away 18   by far 851
by means of 1,481   per annum 847
by no means 1,535   at best 799
by now 1,899   irrespective of 794
by reason of 300   as it were 789
by the by 17   with a view to 773
by way of 1,308   in excess of 771
cafe au lait 9   in so far as 771
camera obscura 17   near to 759
carte blanche 50   all the same 755
casus belli 5   owing to 738
casus omissus 3   in public 736
cause celebre 24   in need of 719
causes celebres 7   in common with 715
caveat emptor 24   at large 713
ceteris paribus 44   in place of 703
chaise longue 18   for the most part 681
charge d'affaires 33   as of 679
chez nous 4   grand prix 679
chilli con carne 13   outside of 678
chop suey 9   for once 661
compos mentis 6   none the less 642
con brio 3   vice versa 642
considering that 154   as regards 631
contrary to 1,219   any longer 629
cordon bleu 39   for long 629
cordon sanitaire 8   for the time being 625
corps de ballet 18   straight away 621
coup de foudre 4   in full 608
coup de grace 33   but for 591
coup de theatre 3   up to date 582
coup d'etat 52   over here 575
coups d'etat 6   follow up 572
creme brulee 13   per capita 572
creme de la creme 17   such that 557
creme de menthe 8   so much as 528
creme fraiche 20   in vitro 524
cri de coeur 5   adjacent to 515
croix de guerre 8   status quo 505
cul de sac 12   ex parte 503
danse macabre 8   en route 494
de facto 303   a little bit 493
de jure 28   that is to say 493
de luxe 56   all but 483
de profundis 8   a good deal 471
de rigeur 3   ad hoc 465
de rigueur 37   fed up 463
de trop 5   up until 461
deja vu 59   no matter what 456
delirium tremens 3   by and large 442
depending on 2,027   at length 440
deus ex machina 18   kind of 436
double entendre 3   in vain 434
double entendres 11   on account of 433
dramatis personae 7   and so forth 428
due to 7,170   from now on 423
each other 9,727   in keeping with 421
eau de cologne 14   in contact with 417
eminence grise 7   pursuant to 417
en bloc 34   at random 409
en famille 7   for sure 406
en masse 111   in comparison with 403
en passant 11   in vivo 391
en route 494   upside down 390
en suite 183   sinn fein 387
enfant terrible 21   brand new 385
entente cordiale 6   thanks to 374
esprit de corps 31   as against 368
et al 2,956   in association with 366
et cetera 62   for good 357
even if 7,341   at most 346
even so 1,258   per se 345
even though 4,984   half way 343
even when 2,083   with reference to 343
ever so 259   all at once 342
every so often 147   for fear of 337
ex ante 26   in private 334
ex cathedra 3   in situ 315
ex gratia 60   in pursuit of 313
ex hypothesi 27   prima facie 309
ex libris 4   de facto 303
ex officio 60   so called 301
ex parte 503   by reason of 300
ex post 31   in possession of 300
ex post facto 11   in case of 299
ex turpi causa 32   inter alia 298
ex vivo 14   nearer to 287
except for 1,555   up front 287
except that 1,127   to and fro 276
fait accompli 63   in answer to 275
far from 1,012   in regard to 269
far off 25   aside from 268
faute de mieux 4   all of a sudden 262
faux pas 21   ever so 259
fed up 463   as from 253
femme fatale 27   out of date 251
femmes fatales 9   insofar as 248
film noir 13   once and for all 246
fin de siecle 20   as between 245
fines herbes 6   in brief 238
foie gras 28   at worst 235
follow up 572   in proportion to 232
for certain 224   seeing that 229
for ever 1,175   a priori 225
for example 19,962   bona fide 224
for fear of 337   for certain 224
for good 357   into line with 224
for instance 6,384   in aid of 220
for keeps 16   old fashioned 216
for long 629   time and again 216
for once 661   time and again 216
for sure 406   in defence of 202
for the most part 681   in receipt of 196
for the time being 625   in the main 190
force majeure 32   ultra vires 189
from now on 423   save for 185
from time to time 1,573   en suite 183
fromage frais 59   anything but 179
genius loci 5   a la 172
getting on for 45   a la carte 167
given that 1,109   inside out 165
grand prix 679   off of 155
grande dame 10   considering that 154
grands prix 42   guardian ad litem 152
grown up 4   in consultation with 152
grown ups 9   in accord with 148
guardian ad litem 152   every so often 147
gung ho 4   well off 144
habeas corpus 48   nearest to 143
half way 343   kung fu 142
hard up 69   in reply to 141
hasta la vista 4   none other 140
haute couture 39   in lieu of 132
haute cuisine 30   upwards of 130
have nots 4   raison d'etre 129
hey presto 29   in defiance of 121
hoi polloi 14   ad lib 120
homo sapiens 71   pertaining to 120
hors de combat 3   post mortem 119
hors d'oeuvre 13   an awful lot 115
hors d'oeuvres 18   providing that 113
idee fixe 8   at long last 112
in absentia 40   en masse 111
in accord with 148   in light of 109
in accordance with 1,954   in co-operation with 104
in addition 4,229   out of touch with 104
in addition to 3,178   subsequent to 103
in aid of 220   inasmuch as 95
in answer to 275   par excellence 88
in as much as 82   seeing as 83
in association with 366   in as much as 82
in back of 4   supposing that 82
in between 897   an' all 78
in brief 238   matter of fact 78
in camera 38   save that 78
in case 1,839   art nouveau 71
in case of 299   homo sapiens 71
in charge of 1,491   hard up 69
in common 917   spot on 68
in common with 715   art deco 66
in comparison with 403   well being 66
in conjunction with 1,180   fait accompli 63
in connection with 1,421   none the 63
in consultation with 152   et cetera 62
in contact with 417   ex gratia 60
in cooperation with 46   ex officio 60
in co-operation with 104   deja vu 59
in defence of 202   fromage frais 59
in defiance of 121   no matter where 58
in excess of 771   in face of 57
in extremis 24   table d'hote 57
in face of 57   avant garde 56
in favor of 20   de luxe 56
in favour of 3,291   ancien regime 55
in flagrante delicto 3   tour de force 55
in front of 5,558   pro forma 54
in full 608   coup d'etat 52
in general 3,847   in the order of 52
in keeping with 421   out of line with 52
in lieu of 132   some one 52
in light of 109   spina bifida 52
in line with 1,118   carte blanche 50
in loco parentis 16   pro rata 49
in medias res 6   straight forward 49
in memoriam 21   habeas corpus 48
in need of 719   alter ego(2) 47
in order 12,025   off guard 47
in part 1,976   ab initio 46
in particular 6,015   in cooperation with 46
in place of 703   getting on for 45
in possession of 300   pas de deux 45
in private 334   ad infinitum 44
in proportion to 232   au pair 44
in public 736   ceteris paribus 44
in pursuit of 313   lo and behold 44
in quest of 17   grands prix 42
in receipt of 196   ipso facto 42
in regard to 269   magna carta 42
in relation to 4,302   post hoc 41
in reply to 141   quid pro quo 41
in respect of 2,823   in absentia 40
in response to 1,881   cordon bleu 39
in return for 864   haute couture 39
in search of 936   sine qua non 39
in short 1,115   in camera 38
in situ 315   point blank 38
in so far as 771   de rigueur 37
in spite of 2,450   modus operandi 37
in support of 1,000   objets d'art 37
in terms of 9,238   a fortiori 35
in that 1,527   en bloc 34
in the light of 1,691   modus vivendi 34
in the main 190   no matter who 34
in the order of 52   papier mache 34
in toto 22   charge d'affaires 33
in touch with 1,116   coup de grace 33
in vain 434   lingua franca 33
in view of 1,403   sui generis 33
in vino veritas 3   ex turpi causa 32
in vitro 524   force majeure 32
in vivo 391   esprit de corps 31
inasmuch as 95   ex post 31
infra dig 3   ad nauseam 30
inside out 165   haute cuisine 30
insofar as 248   tai chi 30
instead of 5,989   hey presto 29
inter alia 298   prima donna 29
into line with 224   au fait 28
ipso facto 42   bouquet garni 28
irrespective of 794   de jure 28
je ne sais quoi 6   foie gras 28
joie de vivre 18   nigh on 28
just about 1,116   vis a vis 28
kind of 436   ex hypothesi 27
know how 9   femme fatale 27
kung fu 142   laissez faire 27
la dolce vita 10   piece de resistance 27
laissez faire 27   sotto voce 27
less than 3,631   sub judice 27
let alone 1,120   ex ante 26
lingua franca 33   mutatis mutandis 26
lo and behold 44   through thick and thin 26
locus classicus 5   up to the minute 26
magna carta 42   al fresco 25
magnum opus 11   far off 25
maitre d 5   no matter which 25
maitre d' 4   cause celebre 24
maitre d'hotel 19   caveat emptor 24
mardi gras 9   in extremis 24
matter of fact 78   nouvelle cuisine 24
mea culpa 13   persona non grata 23
medecins sans frontieres 13   rigor mortis 23
menage a trois 9   according as 22
modus operandi 37   ad valorem 22
modus vivendi 34   in toto 22
more than 13,149   enfant terrible 21
mot juste 7   faux pas 21
mutatis mutandis 26   in memoriam 21
near to 759   not withstanding 21
nearer to 287   ad hominem 20
nearest to 143   creme fraiche 20
nem con 4   fin de siecle 20
next to 2,474   in favor of 20
nigh on 28   alma mater 19
no doubt 3,206   au revoir 19
no longer 8,069   maitre d'hotel 19
no matter how 902   by far and away 18
no matter what 456   chaise longue 18
no matter when 3   corps de ballet 18
no matter where 58   deus ex machina 18
no matter which 25   hors d'oeuvres 18
no matter who 34   joie de vivre 18
no one 6,622   tabula rasa 18
noblesse oblige 13   volte face 18
nom de guerre 4   annus mirabilis 17
nom de plume 11   bona fides 17
non sequitur 9   by the by 17
non sequiturs 5   camera obscura 17
none other 140   creme de la creme 17
none the 63   in quest of 17
none the less 642   pari passu 17
not withstanding 21   petit bourgeois 17
nouveau riche 16   spaghetti bolognese 17
nouveaux riches 13   viva voce 17
nouvelle cuisine 24   ad libs 16
now that 2,525   bete noire 16
o' course 8   for keeps 16
obiter dictum 14   in loco parentis 16
objet d'art 9   nouveau riche 16
objets d'art 37   pate de foie gras 16
of course 24,091   pot pourri 16
off guard 47   agents provocateurs 14
off of 155   au pairs 14
old fashioned 216   bar mitzvah 14
on account of 433   beaujolais nouveau 14
on behalf of 2,470   eau de cologne 14
on board 1,472   ex vivo 14
on the part of 1,454   hoi polloi 14
on to 7,946   obiter dictum 14
on top of 2,132   reductio ad absurdum 14
once again 3,285   terra firma 14
once and for all 246   aide memoire 13
once more 2,061   by and by 13
one another 2,528   chilli con carne 13
op cit 6   creme brulee 13
other than 3,785   film noir 13
out of 41,845   hors d'oeuvre 13
out of date 251   mea culpa 13
out of line with 52   medecins sans frontieres 13
out of touch with 104   noblesse oblige 13
outside of 678   nouveaux riches 13
over here 575   a hell of a lot 12
over there 894   a la mode 12
owing to 738   cul de sac 12
papier mache 34   post mortems 12
par excellence 88   primus inter pares 12
pari passu 17   vox pops 12
pas de deux 45   annus horribilis 11
pate de foie gras 16   bon mot 11
pax americana 8   double entendres 11
pax britannica 8   en passant 11
pax romana 4   ex post facto 11
per annum 847   magnum opus 11
per capita 572   nom de plume 11
per cent 35,474   al dente 10
per se 345   grande dame 10
persona non grata 23   la dolce vita 10
pertaining to 120   agnus dei 9
petit bourgeois 17   aurora borealis 9
petit mal 6   bon viveur 9
petits bourgeois 3   cafe au lait 9
piece de resistance 27   chop suey 9
pied a terre 4   femmes fatales 9
point blank 38   grown ups 9
porte cochere 8   know how 9
post hoc 41   mardi gras 9
post mortem 119   menage a trois 9
post mortems 12   non sequitur 9
poste restante 4   objet d'art 9
pot pourri 16   prima donnas 9
prima donna 29   pro tem 9
prima donnas 9   tout court 9
prima facie 309   with relation to 9
primus inter pares 12   bon voyage 8
prior to 2,953   cordon sanitaire 8
pro forma 54   creme de menthe 8
pro rata 49   croix de guerre 8
pro tem 9   danse macabre 8
provided that 997   de profundis 8
providing that 113   idee fixe 8
pursuant to 417   o' course 8
qui vive 4   pax americana 8
quid pro quo 41   pax britannica 8
raison d'etre 129   porte cochere 8
rather than 19,332   terra incognita 8
reductio ad absurdum 14   agent provocateur 7
relative to 912   auf wiedersehen 7
rigor mortis 23   bon vivant 7
sang froid 3   causes celebres 7
save for 185   dramatis personae 7
save that 78   eminence grise 7
savoir faire 6   en famille 7
seeing as 83   mot juste 7
seeing that 229   son et lumiere 7
shin bet 6   a posteriori 6
sine die 6   a propos 6
sine qua non 39   au contraire 6
sinn fein 387   bete noir 6
so as 1,607   bon appetit 6
so called 301   compos mentis 6
so long as 1,118   coups d'etat 6
so much as 528   entente cordiale 6
so that 17,192   fines herbes 6
some one 52   in medias res 6
son et lumiere 7   je ne sais quoi 6
sort of 2,836   op cit 6
sotto voce 27   petit mal 6
spaghetti bolognese 17   savoir faire 6
spina bifida 52   shin bet 6
spot on 68   sine die 6
status quo 505   upward of 6
straight away 621   vin ordinaire 6
straight forward 49   au naturel 5
sub judice 27   beau monde 5
subject to 4,698   casus belli 5
subsequent to 103   cri de coeur 5
such as 28,783   de trop 5
such that 557   genius loci 5
sui generis 33   locus classicus 5
summa cum laude 4   maitre d 5
super duper 5   non sequiturs 5
supposing that 82   super duper 5
table d'hote 57   tours de force 5
tabula rasa 18   anno domini 4
tai chi 30   asti spumante 4
terra firma 14   chez nous 4
terra incognita 8   coup de foudre 4
thanks to 374   ex libris 4
that is 2,660   faute de mieux 4
that is to say 493   grown up 4
through thick and thin 26   gung ho 4
time and again 216   hasta la vista 4
time and again 216   have nots 4
to and fro 276   in back of 4
tour de force 55   maitre d' 4
tours de force 5   nem con 4
tout court 9   nom de guerre 4
ultra vires 189   pax romana 4
under way 852   pied a terre 4
up front 287   poste restante 4
up to 21,088   qui vive 4
up to date 582   summa cum laude 4
up to the minute 26   wiener schnitzel 4
up until 461   bar mitzvahs 3
upside down 390   basso continuo 3
upward of 6   basso profundo 3
upwards of 130   betes noires 3
vice versa 642   bon jour 3
vin de table 3   casus omissus 3
vin ordinaire 6   con brio 3
vis a vis 28   coup de theatre 3
viva voce 17   de rigeur 3
volte face 18   delirium tremens 3
vox pops 12   double entendre 3
well being 66   ex cathedra 3
well off 144   hors de combat 3
whether or not 2,614   in flagrante delicto 3
wiener schnitzel 4