collocational restriction
Definition - The situation where the only time a particular word has a particular meaning is when it is used in a particular phrase.

Example -
The adjective dry can only mean "not sweet" when it precedes the noun wine.

Quotation -
"White wine, white coffee, white noise, white man: All four instances of white can be said to be idiomatic because in combination with certain nouns the meaning of white changes. In none of the examples does white have its usual meaning. Instead, in the examples above it means 'yellowish,' 'brownish,' 'containing many frequencies with about equal amplitude,' and 'pinkish' or 'pale brown,' respectively."
(Source: Wikipedia)



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