The American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms

Author: Christine Ammer
Publisher: HMH
ISBN: 0547677537
Format: PDF
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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

Author: Judith Siefring
Publisher: OUP Oxford
ISBN: 019157953X
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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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.

A Dictionary of American Idioms

Author: Adam Makkai
Publisher: Barrons Educational Series Incorporated
ISBN: 9781438001579
Format: PDF, Docs
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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.

Webster s New World American Idioms Handbook

Author: Gail Brenner
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN: 054418890X
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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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).

Oxford Dictionary of English Idioms

Author: John Ayto
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 019954378X
Format: PDF
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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

Author: Richard A. Spears
Publisher: Ntc Publishing Group
ISBN: 9780844202747
Format: PDF, Docs
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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

Author: Christine Ammer
Publisher: BookBaby
ISBN: 1626759669
Format: PDF
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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.