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The Oxford Dictionary Of Idioms

Autor: Judith Siefring
Publisher: OUP Oxford
ISBN: 019157953X
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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 Oxford Dictionary Of Idioms

Autor: Jennifer Speake
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
ISBN: 9780192801111
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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

The Cassell Dictionary Of English Idioms

Autor: Rosalind Fergusson
Publisher: Burns & Oates
ISBN: 9780304350094
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This is a guide to over 10,000 English idioms, from apple-pie to zonk out. It defines and explains each idiom and includes examples to show the context in which particular idioms are used. Included is an explanation of where unusual idioms came from and what their history has been.

Oxford Dictionary Of English Idioms

Autor: John Ayto
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 019954378X
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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 Book Of Idioms

Autor: Annabelle Jenkins
Publisher: CreateSpace
ISBN: 9781518620119
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The Book of Idioms is a simple easy to use guide for intermediate/upper intermediate students of English as a second language. Clear definitions and examples have been used to ensure that students understand the meanings of these complicated but essential parts of the English language. Many non natives of English lack the ability to understand and reproduce idiomatic language thus hindering them from sounding like the natives. Idioms are a distinctive feature of the English language and students should familiarize themselves with them in order to improve proficiency. With 'The Book of Idioms' not only will you begin to understand idiomatic language but you will also revise the English grammar.

Cassell S Dictionary Of English Idioms

Autor: Rosalind Fergusson
Publisher: Sterling Publishing Company, Inc.
ISBN: 9780304363841
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Idioms are the expressions peculiar to any language, and English is about as peculiar as languages come! Why do people "argue the toss"?; and how do people "bring home the bacon"? This volume provides a full and thorough guide to both the most recent and more archaic turns of phrase.


Autor: Robert Allen Palmatier
Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group
ISBN: 9780313314360
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A referenced dictionary of the literal and nonliteral language of cooking and eating. The dictionary is "referenced" in the sense that it is based on a survey of over thirty books, most of them dictionaries, that record selected literal terms and selected nonliteral terms and expressions in the field of food.

Hair Of The Dog To Paint The Town Red

Autor: Andrew Thompson
Publisher: Ulysses Press
ISBN: 1612436951
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400 intriguing, entertaining, and often hilarious etymological journies English is filled with curious, intriguing and bizarre phrases. This book reveals the surprising, captivating and even hilarious origins behind 400 of them, including: •Read between the Lines •Cat Got Your Tongue? •Put a Sock in It •Close, but No Cigar •Bring Home the Bacon •Caught Red-Handed •Under the Weather •Raining Cats and Dogs Perfect for trivia and language lovers alike, this entertaining collection is the ultimate guide to understanding these baffling mini mysteries of the English language.

The Illustrated Book Of Sayings

Autor: Ella Frances Sanders
ISBN: 1607749335
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"An illustrated collection of the world's strangest and most wonderful expressions, idioms, and proverbs"--

British Sources Of Information

Autor: P. Jackson
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1135794936
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This comprehensive and versatile reference source will be a most important tool for anyone wishing to seek out information on virtually any aspect of British affairs, life and culture. The resources of a detailed bibliography, directory and journals listing are combined in this single volume, forming a unique guide to a multitude of diverse topics - British politics, government, society, literature, thought, arts, economics, history and geography. Academic subjects as taught in British colleges and universities are covered, with extensive reading lists of books and journals and sources of information for each discipline, making this an invaluable manual.

Popular English Idioms And Phrases

Autor: Manik Joshi
Publisher: Manik Joshi
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Most popular idioms and phrases | English idiomatic phrases | English language idiomatic expressions | List of popular idioms and phrases | Use of Idioms and Phrases in Sentences | Sample This: English Idioms and Phrases -- A ADD 001. -- State governments should add more teeth to anti-ragging law. [‘add more teeth’ -- to make something more effective] 002. -- Financial issues are further going to add to their woes. ABACK 003. -- He appeared to be taken aback when it was revealed to him that an avid fan had his face tattooed on his arm. || We all were taken aback by bomb attacks. [‘taken aback’ -- very surprised] ACE 004. -- Our opponents hold all the Aces as they are strong where we are weak. [‘hold all the aces’ -- to have all the advantages] ACCOUNT 005. -- From all accounts, he was a loving family man. || From all accounts, he is a smart, fair-minded, detail-oriented middle-of-the road jurist. [‘from all accounts’ -- according to what other people say] ACT 006. -- An accidental fire in your home is not considered an act of God because it could have been prevented. [‘act of God’ -- an event that is caused by natural forces] ADVANCE 007. -- The celebration started a day in advance. [‘in advance’ -- ahead of time] AFFAIR 008. -- Budget data revealed an alarming state of affairs. [‘state of affairs’ -- situation] 009. -- My birthday is going to be a quiet affair with a nice dinner. || We want our wedding to be a quiet affair. AGREE 010. -- Democracy requires that we agree to differ. [‘agree to differ’ -- (of people) to decide not to argue with each other over their different opinions about something.] AIR 011. -- Her clarification did not clear the air. [‘clear the air’ -- to improve a tense situation] 012a. -- When the residents started receiving mysterious threats, there was an air of mystery and fear. 012b. -- The air of celebration was evident outside the president’s office. 013a. -- It was fortunate that he arrived and erased the negativity in the air. 013b. -- There was an evil smell in the air. 014a. -- Body is nothing but a pile of ashes and it will one day disappear into thin air. 014b. -- Money was vanishing into thin air. ALL 015. -- I do not think we will be paying much more, if at all we do. 016. -- If you stop her doing anything, she wants to do it all the more. [‘all the more’ -- extra] 017. -- These problems are needed to be solved once and for all. [‘once and for all’ -- forever] 018. -- All of a sudden, there was fire. | All of a sudden a warm gust of wind came. [‘all of a sudden’ -- surprisingly] 019. -- I learnt computer programming all by myself. || It is a lot of work, and I do it all by myself. || He had to run the family all by himself. ALONE 020. -- Workers were clearly in no mood to listen let alone comply with the request. || They could not figure out how to punish corrupt officials, let alone fix them. [‘let alone’ -- used to emphasize that because the first thing is not true, possible, etc. the next thing cannot be true, possible, etc. either] APART 021. -- A saddle tank on the tractor-trailer came apart and caused a diesel spill. [‘come apart’ -- to shatter] 022. -- In less than a fortnight of its formation, the Joint Committee for drafting the bill is falling apart. || Talks on a deal finally fell apart. [‘fall apart’ -- to collapse] 023. -- Storm has torn apart the lives of thousands of people. [‘tear apart’ -- to destroy] 024. -- We are poles apart. || Two exhibitions in prominent galleries immediately next to each other showed works that were poles apart in concept. [‘pole apart’ -- completely opposite] APPLE 025. -- We expected him to keep his business affairs in apple pie order. || Everything inside the shop was spick and span and in apple pie order, from the well-polished service counters to the glistening display cabinets. [‘in apple pie order’ -- well organized] ARM 026. -- Government maintained arms length distance in all matters relating to film certification. [‘arms length distance’ -- to avoid having a close relationship] 027. -- Nation welcomed new football coach with open arms. || European counties had welcomed the refugees with open arms. [‘with open arms’ -- in an extremely happy manner]

English For Everyone

Autor: Dorling Kindersley Publishing Staff
Publisher: Dorling Kindersley Ltd
ISBN: 9780241335888
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Ideal for anyone who wants to learn English to native-speaker standard, this fun and engaging visual guide to the most common and useful English idioms and phrases also includes extensive audio support. It will help you understand and remember English idiomatic expressions and their meanings, making your English more fluent and natural. English for Everyone- English Idioms combines an innovative visual teaching method with the best of DK design to make one of the most difficult aspects of learning English as a foreign language incredibly easy. Hundreds of expressions are presented in context, with crystal-clear definitions and attractive illustrations that show each idiom's literal and idiomatic meaning. The book also covers English collocations and commonly confused words, helping you avoid the kind of mistakes that native English speakers would never make. Each teaching module is followed by tightly focused practice exercises to help you remember what you have learned. Extensive supporting audio is integrated throughout the course, with every expression in the context of its sample sentence recorded by native English speakers. The audio is free, available online, and can be played, paused, and repeated as often as you like, to help you perfect your pronunciation of each expression. Suitable for learners at all levels, English for Everyone- English Idioms is an exciting and intuitive guide to improving your understanding of English and the style of your written and spoken English.

Bryson S Dictionary For Writers And Editors

Autor: Bill Bryson
Publisher: Anchor Canada
ISBN: 0307373266
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From one of the world’s most beloved and bestselling authors, a terrifically useful and readable guide to the problems of the English language most commonly encountered by editors and writers. What is the singular form of graffiti? From what mythological figure is the word “tantalize” derived? One of the English language’s most skilled writers guides us all toward precise, mistake-free usage. Covering spelling, capitalization, plurals, hyphens, abbreviations, and foreign names and phrases, Bryson’s Dictionary for Writers and Editors will be an indispensable companion for all who care enough about our language not to maul, misuse, or contort it. As Bill Bryson notes, “English is a dazzlingly idiosyncratic tongue, full of quirks and irregularities that often seem willfully at odds with logic and common sense.” This dictionary is an essential guide to the wonderfully disordered thing that is the English language.

Dictionary Of Proverbs And Their Origins

Autor: Linda Flavell
ISBN: 9781856263696
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In this reference text, Linda and Roger Flavell trace the origins and histories of over 400 proverbs, detailing the changes of meaning and usage that have occurred throughout each proverb's life and offering literary examples dating back over 2000 years. Entries have been selected because they have a tale to tell and because they are pithily phrased and offer, as Cervantes put it, short sentences drawn from long experience.

Stylistic Use Of Phraseological Units In Discourse

Autor: Anita Naciscione
Publisher: John Benjamins Publishing
ISBN: 9027287694
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Stylistic Use of Phraseaological Units in Discourse received honourable mention of the ESSE Book Award 2012 in the field of English Language and Linguistics.This interdisciplinary study presents the cutting-edge state of theoretical and applied research in the fascinating field of phraseology. The author elaborates key terminology and theoretical concepts of phraseology, while challenging some prevailing assumptions. Exploration of phraseological meaning across sentence boundaries is supported by ample textual illustrations of stylistic use ranging from Old English to Modern English. The book contains innovative research in the discourse-level features of phraseological units from a cognitive perspective, along with creative use of phraseological metaphor, metonymy and allusion, multimodal discourse included. The author argues for applied stylistics as a distinct area and the need to raise stylistic awareness among teachers and learners, translators, lexicographers and advertisers. The book offers an extensive glossary of key terms and a comprehensive bibliography. Stylistic Use of Phraseological Units in Discourse is a skilfully revised and extensively expanded new edition of the author’s previously published 'Phraseological Units in Discourse: Towards Applied Stylistics' (2001).

The Penguin Dictionary Of Philosophy

Autor: Thomas Mautner
Publisher: Penguin Group USA
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This reference work provides extensive and up-to-dtae coverage of modern as well as historical fields, with concise definitions of the key concepts, doctrines, and schools of thought of all areas of philosophy.