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Oxford Dictionary of English Idioms

Oxford Dictionary of English Idioms Author John Ayto
ISBN-10 9780199543786
Release 2010-07-08
Pages 408
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Offers entries for over six thousand idioms, including seven hundred new to this edition, and provides background information, additional cross-references, and national variants.



The Oxford Dictionary of Idioms

The Oxford Dictionary of Idioms Author Judith Siefring
ISBN-10 9780191579530
Release 2005-11-10
Pages 352
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Did you know that 'flavour of the month' originated in a marketing campaign in American ice-cream parlours in the 1940s, when a particular flavour would be specially promoted for a month at a time? And did you know that 'off the cuff' refers to the rather messy practice of writing impromptu notes on one's shirt cuff before speaking in public? These and many more idioms are explained and put into context in this second edition of the Oxford Dictionary of Idioms. This vastly entertaining dictionary takes a fresh look at the idiomatic phrases and sayings that make English such a rich and intriguing language. A major new edition, it contains entries for over 5000 idioms, including 350 new entries and over 500 new quotations. The text has been updated to include many new idioms using the findings of the Oxford English Reading Programme, the biggest language research programme in the world. The entries are supported by a wealth of illustrative quotations from a wide range of sources and periods. For example: 'Rowling has not been asleep at the wheel in the three years since the last Potter novel, and I am pleased to report that she has not confused sheer length with inspiration.' - Guardian, 2003. 'I made the speech of a lifetime. I had them tearing up the seats and rolling in the aisles.' - P.G. Woodhouse, 1940. Many entries include boxed features which give more detailed background on the idiom in question. For example, did you know that 'taken aback' was adopted from nautical terminology, and described a ship unable to move forward because of a strong headwind pressing its sails back against the mast? The text has been entirely redesigned so that it is both elegant and easy to use. Anyone interested in the quirky side of the English language will have hours of fun browsing through this fascinating and informative volume.



Oxford Idioms Dictionary for learners of English

Oxford Idioms Dictionary for learners of English Author Dilys Parkinson
ISBN-10 0194317234
Release 2006-10-05
Pages 512
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Contains a wide range of idioms, from expressions used in business and newspapers to very up-to-date informal English and slang expressions. Covers idioms from British and American English and other English-speaking countries. New design and simple system of links to help you find what you want quickly and easily. New opposites and related words to build vocabulary. New study pages explore common themes and uses to help you develop a deeper understanding of English idioms. Pronunciation is given for all key words and stress for all idioms.



The Oxford Dictionary of Foreign Words and Phrases

The Oxford Dictionary of Foreign Words and Phrases Author Jennifer Speake
ISBN-10 1435293096
Release 2008-05-29
Pages 512
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Entries provide definitions and information on the origins, history, and usage of terms of foreign origin in English, including words in common use and artistic and scientific vocabulary.



The Oxford Dictionary of Proverbs

The Oxford Dictionary of Proverbs Author Jennifer Speake
ISBN-10 9780198734901
Release 2015-09-24
Pages 416
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This unique and authoritative dictionary contains over 1,100 of the most widely used proverbs in English, utilizing the latest research from Oxford Dictionaries to source them. This edition has been thoroughly revised and updated, broadening the cultural range of the proverbs selected, and covering sayings of international origins. With a strong emphasis on concisely explaining the meaning of the proverbs described, the dictionary also provides additional examples of usage, and includes a fascinating history for many entries. Arranged in A-Z order and with a useful thematic index, A Dictionary of Proverbs is ideal for browsing and perfectly suited for quick reference. Look up your old favourites, learn punchy new expressions to get your point across, and find the answer to that crossword clue. It is never too late to learn: find proverbs relevant to every aspect of life in this entertaining and informative collection.



From the Horse s Mouth

From the Horse s Mouth Author John Ayto
ISBN-10 0199543798
Release 2009
Pages 408
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Did you know that 'flavour of the month' originated in a marketing campaign in American ice-cream parlours in the 1940s, when a particular flavour would be specially promoted for a month at a time? And did you know that 'off the cuff' refers to the rather messy practice of writing impromptunotes on one's shirt cuff before speaking in public? These and many more idioms are explained and put into context in this third edition of the Oxford Dictionary of Idioms.The volume takes a fresh look at the idiomatic phrases and sayings that make English the rich and intriguing language that it is. This major new edition contains entries for over 6000 idioms, including 700 entirely new entries, based on Oxford's language monitoring and the ongoing third edition ofthe Oxford English Dictionary. These include a range of recently established idioms such as 'the elephant in the corner', 'go figure', 'like a rat up a drainpipe', 'sex on legs', 'step up to the plate', 'too posh to push', 'a walk in the park', 'win ugly'. This edition also features a greatlyincreased number of cross-references, making it ideal for quick reference.Many entries include additional features which give more detailed background on the idiom in question. For example, did you know that 'taken aback' was adopted from nautical terminology that described a ship unable to move forward because of a strong headwind pressing its sails back against themast? Anyone interested in the colourful side of the English language will get hours of fun browsing from this fascinating and informative volume.



Oxford Dictionary of Current Idiomatic English

Oxford Dictionary of Current Idiomatic English Author
ISBN-10 UOM:39015015048062
Release 1983
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Oxford Dictionary of Current Idiomatic English has been writing in one form or another for most of life. You can find so many inspiration from Oxford Dictionary of Current Idiomatic English also informative, and entertaining. Click DOWNLOAD or Read Online button to get full Oxford Dictionary of Current Idiomatic English book for free.



Oxford Dictionary of Modern Slang

Oxford Dictionary of Modern Slang Author John Ayto
ISBN-10 9780199232055
Release 2010-02-11
Pages 408
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Offering coverage of over 6,000 slang words and expressions from the Cockney 'abaht' to the American term 'zowie', this is the most authoritative dictionary of slang from the 20th and 21st centuries.



Oxford Dictionary of English Idioms

Oxford Dictionary of English Idioms Author John Ayto
ISBN-10 OCLC:729410296
Release 2009
Pages 408
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Get stuck into this authoritative and entertaining dictionary of English idioms. Packed with over 6,000 entries from the whole of the English-speaking world, including figurative expressions, similes, sayings, and proverbs, it really is the bee's knees. Ideal for students, learners, or anyone interested in the English language.



The Oxford Dictionary of Idioms

The Oxford Dictionary of Idioms Author Jennifer Speake
ISBN-10 0192801112
Release 2000
Pages 393
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Containing 5,000 idioms, alphabetically arranged by key word, this book covers metaphorical phrases, familiar quotations and proverbs, and similes. It provides meanings for well-known idioms such as set the world alight, cost an arm and a leg, once in a blue moon, the tip of the iceberg, andmany more. A date of origin is often given and many entries are supported by illustrative quotations from sources as varied as the Bible, Spectator, and Agatha Christie. Full of fascinating facts, this dictionary is ideal for anyone with an interest in the origins of words and phrases. --Arrangement of words alphabetically by key word means easy browsing --Focuses on British English, but also covers US English and other variants, e.g. cut to the chase and make a Virginia fence. --Histories of well-known idioms are provided



Cambridge Dictionary of American Idioms

Cambridge Dictionary of American Idioms Author Paul Heacock
ISBN-10 052153271X
Release 2003-09-22
Pages 498
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This book unlocks the meaning of more than 5,000 idioms used in American English today.



The Penguin Dictionary of English Idioms

The Penguin Dictionary of English Idioms Author Daphne M. Gulland
ISBN-10 UOM:39015053770502
Release 2001
Pages 378
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A completely new edition of this best-selling dictionary. Thoroughly revised with some 4000 new idioms, it includes all the very latest sayings with examples from a wide variety of sources. Idioms are arranged under categories and this unique approach results in a particularly clear and easy-to-use reference.



Oxford Learner s Dictionary of English Idioms

Oxford Learner s Dictionary of English Idioms Author Helen Warren
ISBN-10 0194312771
Release 1994
Pages 334
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Oxford Learner s Dictionary of English Idioms has been writing in one form or another for most of life. You can find so many inspiration from Oxford Learner s Dictionary of English Idioms also informative, and entertaining. Click DOWNLOAD or Read Online button to get full Oxford Learner s Dictionary of English Idioms book for free.



Oxford Dictionary of Current Idiomatic English Verbs with prepositions particles

Oxford Dictionary of Current Idiomatic English  Verbs with prepositions   particles Author Anthony Paul Cowie
ISBN-10 NWU:35556023332349
Release 1975
Pages 396
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Oxford dictionary of current idiomatic English

Oxford dictionary of current idiomatic English Author A. P. Cowie
ISBN-10 OCLC:311936728
Release 1985
Pages 685
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Dictionary of Idioms

Dictionary of Idioms Author Linda Flavell
ISBN-10 1856261298
Release 1994
Pages 216
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Contains over 400 phrases, tracing each one's source and history through the chronological use of examples.



Oxford Thesaurus of English

Oxford Thesaurus of English Author Maurice Waite
ISBN-10 9780199560813
Release 2009-08-13
Pages 988
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Developed using evidence from the Oxford English Corpus, this fully revised text offers more up-to-date and complete coverage of synonyms and antonyms than any other A-Z thesaurus. Increased coverage now includes hundreds of new phrases and idioms, and newly selected examples of real English showing how words are used, and helping to guide you to the right meaning. New features include the Word Toolkit which helps you choose the best word matches based on evidence from the Oxford English Corpus. In addition, the popular Word Link feature points you to related words. Look up 'sleep' and find the words 'sedative', 'hypnotic', and 'soporific', and find related prefixes. The redesigned centre section provides convenient lists of words by topic, from society and religion, to fashion and technology, in addition to lists of foreign, and archaic words and phrases. An invaluable resource for puzzlers, or anyone wishing to broaden their vocabulary. The Oxford Thesaurus of English is ideal for anyone who wants a comprehensive and authoritative thesaurus of current English, for use by writers and editors, students, and crossword and puzzle solvers at work or at home. The thesaurus includes 12 months' access* to Oxford's premium online dictionary and thesaurus service, Oxford Dictionaries Online, updated regularly with the latest developments to words and meanings, so you will have the most accurate picture of English available. Find out more about our living language using Oxford Dictionaries Online. Hear how words are spoken with thousands of audio pronunciations, and access over 1.9 million real English example sentences to see how words are used in context. Improve your confidence in writing with helpful grammar and punctuation guides, full thesaurus information, style and usage help, and much more. *Available in selected markets (UK, Europe, Australia, Canada, and South Africa). Terms and conditions apply; please see www.oxforddictionaries.com/access for information.