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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.



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 English

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

A Dictionary of Proverbs Author Jennifer Speake
ISBN-10 0199539537
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 and English Usage Guide

The Oxford Dictionary and English Usage Guide Author Maurice Waite
ISBN-10 STANFORD:36105060102055
Release 1996
Pages 620
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Provides over 51,000 dictionary entries which contain definitions and pronunciations, and includes the rules to proper English usage based on current trends



Fowler s Concise Dictionary of Modern English Usage

Fowler s Concise Dictionary of Modern English Usage Author Fellow of the British Academy and Senior Research Fellow Jeremy Butterfield
ISBN-10 9780199666317
Release 2015-07-09
Pages 688
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Fowler's Concise Dictionary of Modern English Usage is an invaluable reference work that offers the best advice on English usage. Known in previous editions as the 'Pocket Fowler', this third edition is a descendant of the original 1926 edition of A Dictionary of Modern English Usage by Henry Fowler. Based on the unrivalled evidence and research of the Oxford Dictionaries Programme, the new edition answers your most frequently asked questions about language use. Should you use a split infinitive, or a preposition at the end of a sentence? Is it infer or imply? Who or whom? What are the main differences between British and American English? Over 4,000 entries offer clear recommendations on issues of grammar, pronunciation, spelling, confusable words, and written style. Real examples are drawn from OUP's vast database of classic and contemporary literary sources, newspapers and magazines, and the Internet. Jeremy Butterfield has judiciously revised the text to reflect the English usage practices and concerns of the 21st century. More than 200 new entries have been added, including increased coverage of recently emerged sensitive terms (e.g. disabled/handicapped). The existing entries have been thoroughly revised to update any out-of-date language and to ensure that the entries reflect current usage. This dictionary is an indispensable companion for anyone who wants to use the English language effectively.



The Diner s Dictionary

The Diner s Dictionary Author John Ayto
ISBN-10 9780199640249
Release 2012-10-18
Pages 416
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Seasoned generously with literary wit, The Diner's Dictionary is a veritable feast, tracing the origins and history of over 2,300 gastronomical words and phrases. John Ayto spreads across our table a veritable cornucopia, from common fruits and vegetables (apples, cherries, apricots, and broccoli, to name a few), to exotic foreign dishes such as gado-gado, nasi goreng, satay, and dashi, and even junk foods such as doughnuts, brownies, and candy. Thoroughly revised, the second edition boasts 1,000 new entries, including the word origins of affogato, bento, cava, goji berry, jalfrezi, mocktail, rugelach, vache qui rit, and zigni. In addition, Ayto has expanded the coverage of vocabulary from foreign cuisines, such as Thai, Korean, Vietnamese, and parts of South America. Throughout, Ayto provides fascinating capsule histories of the various foods. He tells us, for instance, that cantaloupe was introduced into Europe from Armenia and was apparently first cultivated at Cantaluppi, a former summer estate of the popes near Rome. We learn the ingredients of haggis and that the name of the Scandinavian drink "aquavit" ultimately derives from Latin aqua vitae or "water of life." From jambalaya and callaloo to arrowroot and shiitake, The Diner's Dictionary is a food-lover's dream, filled with information and fascinating lore.



Oxford Mini School Dictionary

Oxford Mini School Dictionary Author Oxford Dictionaries,
ISBN-10 0192756958
Release 2012-05-03
Pages 736
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The Oxford Mini School Dictionary gives students ten years plus extensive quick reference vocabulary and language support. Ideal for crossover to secondary school, it comes with a new eco-friendly cover. The handy mini format is perfect for school bags as well as for use at home.



Oxford English Greek Learner s Dictionary

Oxford English Greek Learner s Dictionary Author Д. Н Ставропулос
ISBN-10 0194312429
Release 1998
Pages 882
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This dictionary provides definitions and common usage with numerous example sentences and phrases.



Know it All Find it Fast

Know it All  Find it Fast Author Robert John Duckett
ISBN-10 9781856046527
Release 2008
Pages 480
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There is a queue, the phone is ringing, the photocopier has jammed and your enquirer is waiting for a response. You are stressed and you can feel the panic rising. Where do you go to find the information you need to answer the question promptly and accurately? Answering queries from users is one of the most important services undertaken by library and information staff. Yet it is also one of the most difficult, least understood subjects. There are still very few materials available to help frontline staff - often paraprofessional - develop their reader enquiry skills. This award-winning sourcebook is an essential guide to where to look to find the answers quickly. It is designed as a first point of reference for library and information practitioners, to be depended upon if they are unfamiliar with the subject of an enquiry - or wish to find out more. It is arranged in an easily searchable, fully cross-referenced A-Z list of around 150 of the subject areas most frequently handled at enquiry desks. Each subject entry lists the most important information sources and where to locate them, including printed and electronic sources, relevant websites and useful contacts for referral purposes. The authors use their extensive experience in reference work to offer useful tips, warn of potential pitfalls, and spotlight typical queries and how to tackle them. This new edition has been brought right up-to-date with all sources checked for currency and many new ones added. The searchability is enhanced by a comprehensive index to make those essential sources even easier to find - saving you valuable minutes! Readership: Offering quick and easy pointers to a multitude of information sources, this is an invaluable reference deskbook for all library and information staff in need of a speedy answer, in reference libraries, subject departments and other information units.



The Oxford Color Dictionary

The Oxford Color Dictionary Author Maurice Waite
ISBN-10 0198602022
Release 1998
Pages 772
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Based on the extremely successful Little Oxford Dictionary, this revised color dictionary provides quick access to the spelling and meaning of more than 55,000 words. Enhanced by an attractive color layout that highlights headwords and key words and phrases, this handy reference provides all the critical information you need when away from home or the library. With many outstanding features based on the needs and comments of users and experts, The Oxford Color Dictionary, Revised Edition offers guidance on alternative and difficult spellings, special new panels explaining points of grammar and grammatical terminology, expanded coverage of new technical and scientific terms, and completely up-to-date coverage of idiomatic English. In addition, this light and portable reference includes appendices of countries, peoples of the world, and weights and measures, as well as new usage notes offering advice on common problems, and pronunciations for awkward words. A new appendix helps users get more out of the dictionary by testing vocabulary-building skills with questions and answers about spelling and meaning.



Oxford Mini School Dictionary 2007

Oxford Mini School Dictionary  2007 Author R. E. Allen
ISBN-10 0199115176
Release 2007-05
Pages 736
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This is a major new edition, now in colour, of the Number 1 best-selling Oxford Mini School Dictionary for 10+ years. It is the best quick reference tool available today and is particularly useful for primary school leavers who are preparing to start secondary school. Packed with information, it includes over 40,000 words and phrases, up-to-date words from the curriculum, international vocabulary, and new words from ICT. The clear and accessible colour design, the alphabet down the side of every page, and specially highlighted information on spelling, usage, and word histories, makes finding the word you are looking for quick and easy. A special supplement on tricky words, confusable words, overused words, synonyms and idioms, gives pupils all the reading and writing support they need. The Oxford Mini School Dictionary is compact enough to fit into any pocket, has a durable, vinyl cover and is perfect to use at home and at school.



Historia Alexandri Magni

Historia Alexandri Magni Author Pseudo-Callisthenes
ISBN-10 361540064X
Release 1968
Pages
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Historia Alexandri Magni has been writing in one form or another for most of life. You can find so many inspiration from Historia Alexandri Magni also informative, and entertaining. Click DOWNLOAD or Read Online button to get full Historia Alexandri Magni book for free.



General Reference Books for Adults

General Reference Books for Adults Author Marion Sader
ISBN-10 0835223930
Release 1988
Pages 614
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General Reference Books for Adults has been writing in one form or another for most of life. You can find so many inspiration from General Reference Books for Adults also informative, and entertaining. Click DOWNLOAD or Read Online button to get full General Reference Books for Adults book for free.



The Oxford Paperback Portuguese Dictionary

The Oxford Paperback Portuguese Dictionary Author John Whitlam
ISBN-10 0198645287
Release 1996
Pages 436
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Designed for students, tourists and travellers, this is the most up-to-date Portuguese and English dictionary of its size available. It offers clear and concise translations of over 40,000 words and phrases in everyday idiomatic use, together with helpful information on grammar and usage. Careful labelling ensures that users can select the best translation for their needs. Both Brazilian and European Portuguese are covered, and pronunciation guidance is given throughout for both Portugueseand English headwords.