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    DescriptionWhat is a ham-and-egger? What are Anglo-Saxon attitudes? Who first tried to nail jelly to the wall? The answers to these and many more questions are in this fascinating book. Here in one volume you can track down the stories behind the names and sayings you meet, whether in classic literature or today's news. This authoritative dictionary draws on Oxford's unrivalled bank of reference and language online resources to cover classical and other mythologies, history, religion, folk customs, superstitions, science and technology, philosophy, and popular culture. Extensive cross referencing makes it easy to trace specific information, while every page points to further paths to explore. What is the fog of war? Who first wanted to spend more time with one's family? When was the Dreamtime? How long since the first cry of Women and children first? Where might you find dark matter? Would you want the Midas touch? Should you worry about grey goo?

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    Oxford Dictionary of Phrase and Fable
    Authors and contributors
    Edited by Elizabeth Knowles
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    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 812
    Width: 163 mm
    Height: 236 mm
    Thickness: 48 mm
    Weight: 1,361 g
    ISBN 13: 9780198609810
    ISBN 10: 0198609817

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    LC classification: PN43 .O94 2005
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    2, Revised
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    2nd Revised edition
    Illustrations note
    black & white illustrations
    Oxford University Press
    Imprint name
    Oxford University Press
    Publication date
    28 September 2005
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    Author Information
    Elizabeth Knowles is Publishing Manager for Oxford Quotations Dictionaries and is a historical lexicographer, having previously worked on the 4th edition of the Shorter Oxford English Dictionary. She is editor of the current 6th edition of the Oxford Dictionary of Quotations.
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    Review from previous edition our reference book of the year Sunday Herald (Glasgow) 17/12/00 ground-breaking Writing Magazine, Feb/March 2001