It has traditionally been assumed that the meaning of some or all phrasal idioms is
non-compositional. However, I argue here that the aspectual meaning of idioms is
completely systematic: there are no special aspectual restrictions on idioms, and
moreover, the aspectual properties of an idiom are compositional, combining the
aspectual properties of its syntactic constituents in the usual way. I show that this
observation supports the theory of Distributed Morphology (Halle & Marantz
McGinnis, M. (2002). On a systematic component of meaning in idioms. Calgary Working Papers in Linguistics, 24(Fall), 1-8.