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The American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms

The American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms Author Christine Ammer
ISBN-10 9780547677538
Release 2013-05-07
Pages 512
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From “all systems go” to “senior moment”—a comprehensive reference to idiomatic English. The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms explores the meanings and origins of idioms that may not make literal sense but play an important role in the language—including phrasal verbs such as kick back, proverbs such as too many cooks spoil the broth, interjections such as tough beans, and figures of speech such as elephant in the room. With extensive revisions that reflect new historical scholarship and changes in the English language, this second edition defines over 10,000 idiomatic expressions in greater detail than any other dictionary available today—a remarkable reference for those studying the English language, or anyone who enjoys learning its many wonderful quirks and expressions. “Invaluable as a teaching tool.” —School Library Journal

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.

The American Heritage Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs

The American Heritage Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs Author
ISBN-10 UCSC:32106018336922
Release 2005
Pages 466
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Presents common verbs used in phrases, their definitions, and example sentences for each entry.

Webster s New World American Idioms Handbook

Webster s New World American Idioms Handbook Author Gail Brenner
ISBN-10 9780544188907
Release 2011-09-23
Pages 504
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The most comprehensive reference for understanding and applying American idioms The largest barrier to fluency in English is the ability to understand and use idiomatic language. Webster's New World American Idioms Handbook walks readers through learning and using American idioms, with complete explanations for over 1,000 idioms. Emphasizing acquisition, application, and understanding, this book offers all the information readers need to know about when, where, why, and how to use them. It includes a wealth of examples to provide users with context-and the thorough explanations help readers identify which idioms are appropriate for which situations. An extensive index allows easy, helpful access to individual idioms so that they can be found quickly. Gail Brenner (Santa Cruz, CA) is an Intensive English Language Program course developer and instructor at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Brenner has worked in the public schools, specialized language programs, private business, and the university-where she now teaches Advanced Grammar, TOEFL Preparation, and Pronunciation. She is the author of the upcoming Ingl?s Para Dummies (0-7645-5427-1).

A Dictionary of American Idioms

A Dictionary of American Idioms Author Adam Makkai
ISBN-10 1438001576
Release 2013
Pages 390
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Indicates the variant forms, parts of speech, definitions, and usage of the illustrative sentences for more than eight thousand commonly used idioms, including proverbs, cliches, and slang expressions.

The American Heritage Dictionary for Learners of English

The American Heritage Dictionary for Learners of English Author
ISBN-10 UOM:39015055465762
Release 2002
Pages 999
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Provides an up-to-date word list, sample sentences and phrases, an alphabetic pronunciation system, grammar information, and a Reference and Study Guide for basic style.

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.

NTC s American Idioms Dictionary

NTC s American Idioms Dictionary Author Richard A. Spears
ISBN-10 0844202746
Release 2000-01
Pages 625
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Contains definitions, explanations, cross-references, and examples for 14,000 formal and informal American expressions.

Fighting Words from War Rebellion and Other Combative Capers

Fighting Words from War  Rebellion  and Other Combative Capers Author Christine Ammer
ISBN-10 9781626759664
Release 2013-05-31
Pages 350
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Fighting Words from War, Rebellion, and Other Combative Capers explains the origins and usage of some 1,200 words and phrases from warfare. Arranged alphabetically, they range from ancient, such as Pyrrhic victory (279 B.C,) to modern (drone, I.E.D.) The reader will be surprised to learn that some of the most common terms in everyday speech originated in military pursuits. The "grapevine" and "deadline" both came to us from the Civil War. Clothing terms such as "cardigan" and "raglan" came from the names of two generals in the Crimean War. "Magazine" was originally a storehouse for munitions. And "campaign," as in advertising campaign, "bivouac" as in a climber's resting place, and "rally" as in "pep rally" all have military origins. And of course there are famous quotations, such "Old soldiers never die," "Don't give up the s ship," and "keep your powder dry." This third edition of a book originally published in 1989, greatly expanded and updated, includes many of the terms coming from recent conflicts, such as Gulf War syndrome and triple ace. It will appeal both to military history buffs and general readers interested in the history of words and phrases.

Phrases and Idioms

Phrases and Idioms Author Richard Spears
ISBN-10 0844203424
Release 1998-12-02
Pages 320
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This quick-access book defines and explains 2,300 confusing American English phrases and idioms, making their meaning crystal clear. Completely indexed.

The American Heritage Dictionary of Indo European Roots

The American Heritage Dictionary of Indo European Roots Author Calvert Watkins
ISBN-10 0618082506
Release 2000
Pages 149
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Discusses the nature, origins, and development of language and lists the meanings and associated word for more than thirteen thousand Indo-European root words.

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.

Southpaws Sunday Punches and Other Sporting Expressions

Southpaws   Sunday Punches and Other Sporting Expressions Author Christine Ammer
ISBN-10 9781618422613
Release 1993-12-01
Pages 262
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Some 600 words and phrases from the world of sports that are now part of the vernacular. Terms from baseball, boxing, football, basketball, hockey, cricket and rugby pepper the English language, whether the subject is war (a maneuver in the Gulf War was called a "hail Mary play") to love (she's on the rebound). Baseball has given us southpaw, go to bat, coming out of left field, playing hardball. Boxers had to go the distance unless they were saved by the bell. And kingpins were the prime targets for bowlers. This Hall of Fame collection gives sports lovers a ringside seat on the inside track. Only an oddball who doesn't know the score would stay on the sidelines or take a rain check.

The Idiom Book

The Idiom Book Author Hal Niergarth
ISBN-10 0866472614
Release 2007
Pages 204
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The Idiom Book has been writing in one form or another for most of life. You can find so many inspiration from The Idiom Book also informative, and entertaining. Click DOWNLOAD or Read Online button to get full The Idiom Book book for free.

Oxford Dictionary of Proverbs

Oxford Dictionary of Proverbs Author Jennifer Speake
ISBN-10 9780191059599
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.

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.

The Facts on File Dictionary of Clich s

The Facts on File Dictionary of Clich  s Author Christine Ammer
ISBN-10 0816083533
Release 2011
Pages 556
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Praise for the previous edition: " excellent resource for word lovers...inherently fascinating and an excellent place to look for old chestnuts galore..."—Library Journal "...[thorough]...Recommended for all libraries..."—Booklist "The meanings and origins of literally thousands of words and definitions come to life...recommended..."—Midwest Book Review " invaluable tool for writers and general readers."—Christian Library Journal The Facts On File Dictionary of Clichés, Third Edition is the largest, most comprehensive, and most entertaining reference of its kind. Featuring hundreds of new clichés, this updated and expanded edition explains the meanings and origins of more than 4,000 clichés and common expressions. Each entry includes the meaning of the cliché or expression, its origin and early uses, its historical development, and its present-day usage. This fully indexed and cross-referenced resource is essential for students, writers, and anyone seeking the gift of gab. New entries include: "Don't go there" "Flavor of the month" "Ground zero" "Not so much" "Show me the money" "So yesterday" and more.