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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 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.

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.

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.

A Dictionary of Proverbs

A Dictionary of Proverbs Author John Simpson
ISBN-10 UCSC:32106020000722
Release 2008-10-23
Pages 388
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"First published as The concise Oxford dictionary of proverbs, edited by John Simpson, 1982"--T.p. verso.

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 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.

Oxford Dictionary of Reference and Allusion

Oxford Dictionary of Reference and Allusion Author Andrew Delahunty
ISBN-10 9780199567461
Release 2012-09-13
Pages 416
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Previous ed.: Oxford dictionary of Allusions, 2nd ed., 2005.

Dictionary of Euphemisms

Dictionary of Euphemisms Author R. W. Holder
ISBN-10 9780199235179
Release 2008-09-25
Pages 432
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The popular and lively guide to the language of evasion, hypocrisy, prudery, and deceit. Organized in A-Z format, with thematic index - and now including short articles on fruitful areas of euphemistic language, such as business and commerce, death, sex, and the human body.

The Oxford Dictionary of Catchphrases

The Oxford Dictionary of Catchphrases Author
ISBN-10 STANFORD:36105026572219
Release 2002
Pages 357
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Provides the history and usage of over eight hundred catchphrases from the twentieth-century drawn from television and radio shows, songs and music, films, and books.

The Oxford Dictionary of American Political Slang

The Oxford Dictionary of American Political Slang Author Grant Barrett
ISBN-10 0195304470
Release 2006-06-08
Pages 302
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A collection of more than six hundred slang terms of American political speech encompasses informative entries on such words as "boondoggle," "juice bill," and "Joe Citizen," including both the definition of the word and its historical background.

The Oxford Dictionary of Slang

The Oxford Dictionary of Slang Author John Ayto
ISBN-10 0198607636
Release 2003-01-01
Pages 474
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The ideal reference for those interested in the more quirky and unofficial words used in English. Each area of life and each aspect of the world that generates slang is explored in turn. Including surprisingly old words such as booze and guzzle as well as the most up-to-date words like humongous and lunchbox, this fascinating book is sure to provide a stonking good read for all.

The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Linguistics

The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Linguistics Author P. H. Matthews
ISBN-10 9780199675128
Release 2014-03
Pages 443
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This authoritative dictionary provides coverage across the field of linguistics, both the theoretical and the practical. In over 3,250 entries it clearly defines terms relating to phonetics, grammar, semantics, languages (spoken and written), dialects, and sociolinguistics.

The Oxford Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

The Oxford Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms Author Oxford University Press
ISBN-10 0198705182
Release 2014-05
Pages 528
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An essential point of reference for anyone wanting to widen their vocabulary, this dictionary offers more than 140,000 alternative and opposite words as well as thousands of real examples of usage from the Oxford English Corpus to help you find the word you need quickly and easily.

Oxford dictionary of nicknames

Oxford dictionary of nicknames Author Andrew Delahunty
ISBN-10 STANFORD:36105114360626
Release 2003
Pages 229
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From the affectionate and humorous to the derogatory and vitriolic, this scintillating collection of nicknames brings together famous people, places, events, and organizations with the nicknames that epitomize them. This brand new dictionary identifies and explains the origins of over 1,800 nicknames from contemporary and historical culture. The coverage is international and ranges from Buffalo Bill to Flo Jo to Dubya and from Silicon Valley to the Nutmeg State. Arranged alphabetically and including appendices listing groups of nicknames, a General Index, and a Thematic Index, The Oxford Dictionary of Nicknames is perfect browsing material for the general reader and the popular culture buff, and an ideal reference for anyone researching the identity and background of famous figures and places.

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.

A Dictionary of Human Resource Management

A Dictionary of Human Resource Management Author Edmund Heery
ISBN-10 9780192524843
Release 2017-08-17
Pages 200
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A Dictionary of Human Resource Management contains more than 2,000 precise and easy-to-understand definitions that are used in the fields of Human Resource Management and Employment Relations. The dictionary covers all areas of HRM, including recruitment and selection, training and development, performance management, reward, industrial relations, and the design of work and organizations. Theoretical terms and concepts are clearly explained and the main institutions, legal terms, and public policies that are relevant to HRM are all defined. This new edition of the dictionary has been thoroughly revised and updated to reflect changes in vocabulary and usage. New entries to this edition include bonus culture, brain gain, corporate sustainibility, critical HRM, decent work, employee value proposition, gamification, male, pale, and stale, modern slavery, positive psychology, precariat, protected characteristics, resilience, talent pool, and virtual on-boarding. A Dictionary of Hyman Resource Management is a vital companion for students and practitioners in the fields of HRM and Employment Relations. It is an essential resource for anyone studying or working in this important area of management practice.