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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.



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 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 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.



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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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.



Oxford Dictionary of Current Idiomatic English

Oxford Dictionary of Current Idiomatic English Author Anthony Paul Cowie
ISBN-10 OCLC:610667261
Release 1978
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Oxford Dictionary of English

Oxford Dictionary of English Author Angus Stevenson
ISBN-10 9780199571123
Release 2010-08-19
Pages 2069
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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



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 0194311457
Release 1975
Pages 396
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Pradeep s Standard Oxford dictionary

Pradeep s Standard Oxford dictionary Author
ISBN-10 UOM:39015014233475
Release 1982*
Pages 672
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The Oxford Dictionary of American Usage and Style

The Oxford Dictionary of American Usage and Style Author Bryan A. Garner
ISBN-10 0195135083
Release 2000
Pages 360
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Covers basic grammar, punctuation, spelling, and idiomatic phrases of American English.



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.



Idioms of Fear An Onomasiological Approach

Idioms of Fear  An Onomasiological Approach Author Sarah Nitschke
ISBN-10 9783640696956
Release 2010-09
Pages 40
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Seminar paper from the year 2010 in the subject English Language and Literature Studies - Linguistics, grade: 2,0, University of Erfurt, language: English, abstract: By definition, "idioms are not expected to behave linguistically as phrases but as long words" (Moreno 2007:177) and are not awaited to allow internal transformation. Idioms appear as isolated lexical units. They are linguistic expressions and involve metaphors, metonymies, pairs of words, idioms with it, similes, sayings, phrasal verbs, grammatical idioms and they "are assumed to be a matter of language alone" (Kovecses 2002:199). According to the Oxford Dictionary of Idioms (ODI), the English word idiom derives from the Greek word idios meaning "private, peculiar to oneself." An idiom "is a form of ex-pression or a phrase peculiar to a language and approved by the usage of that language, and it often has a signification other than its grammatical or logical one" (ODI 1999). These expres-sions have become rigid within the language. They are used in a fixed way without reference to the literal meaning of their component words. The common phenomenon that the meaning of an expression is difficult or even impossi-ble to deduce from the meaning of the components it is composed of is called Idiomaticity (Fiedler 2007:22). The meaning of the components is difficult to derive because of the arbi-trariness in form and meaning. However, if idioms were arbitrary, they would not be moti-vated. The aim of this term paper is to observe the motivation of idioms of and thereby determine that idioms are not arbitrary. Therefore, chapter 2.1 presents an overview of idioms and motivation, especially metaphorically motivated expressions (chapter 2.1.2). Prediction and motivation will be distinguished in chapter 2.1.1. The emotion and the difference between this term and the related word will be described in chapter 2.1.3 to sim-plify the importance of distinguishing the different meanings of ter"



A Dictionary of Confusable Phrases

A Dictionary of Confusable Phrases Author Yuri Dolgopolov
ISBN-10 9780786459957
Release 2010-10-04
Pages 403
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Covering over 10,000 idioms and collocations characterized by similarity in their wording or metaphorical idea which do not show corresponding similarity in their meanings, this dictionary presents a unique cross-section of the English language. Though it is designed specifically to assist readers in avoiding the use of inappropriate or erroneous phrases, the book can also be used as a regular phraseological dictionary providing definitions to individual idioms, cliches, and set expressions. Most phrases included in the dictionary are in active current use, making information about their meanings and usage essential to language learners at all levels of proficiency.