Many idioms have a specific pattern of accentuation that does not comply with the LLI rule. On a large number of occasions –but not all-, the exception can be accounted for by reference to the different cases analyzed in this work. They mostly reflect the general tendency to accent nouns at the expense of verbs. Here is a small sample of them, provided with some context. The accentual pattern has been taken from Jones (2003). Only the nuclear accent is given.
(325) I’ve got no money, no girlfriend, no job, no nothing. It’s a dog’s life.
(326) Peter? He’s desperately looking for you. But be careful because it seems he has an axe to grind.
(327) When the boss finds out he’s going to bite your head off.
(328) You’re going to wait for her? Yeah… Wait till the cows come home!
(329) It’s touch-and-go whether she’s going to live or die. Keep your fingers crossed.
(330) What’s so fascinating about origami? You have a bee in your bonnet about it.
(331) Don’t talk to me about your sister’s financial problems. I have other fish to fry right now.
(332) I understand you love him. But don’t get married yet. Don’t go off the deep end.
(333) When we first met we got on like a house on fire.
(334) Gossip says Barbara’s got a bun in the oven.
(335) Always surrounded by drugs, cars and beautiful women, his was life in the fast lane.
(336) If you want your daughter to behave, I’m afraid you’ll have to put your foot down at some point.
(337) Sorry for the poor reading but I have a frog in my throat tonight.
(338) Now you complain, but in the long run it’ll be for the best.
(339) She’s being really nice to me today. She knows which side her bread is buttered on.
(340) I know it’s boring but try to make the best of that class.
(341) It isn’t that I’m greedy. I’m just trying to make ends meet.
(342) And then the plummer came in and I was in my birthday suit.
(343) Martin, come here. I have a bone to pick with you.
(344) You can’t stop reading because you didn’t like just one book. Don’t throw out the baby with the bath water.