Cambridge International Dictionary of Idioms

Cambridge International Dictionary of Idioms

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The Cambridge International Dictionary of Idioms explains over 7,000 idioms current in British, American and Australian English, helping learners to understand them and use them with more

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  • Paperback | 608 pages
  • 130 x 192 x 38mm | 639.58g
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 052162567X
  • 9780521625678

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'... the final section of the book on how to get your head around the index, makes searching for succinct idioms as quick as a wink.' QUATESOL NEWSLETTER NO 3, 99 'An amazing feature of the dictionary is its Theme Panels, 15 topic areas at the end of the dictionary where the idioms are grouped according to their meanings ... Every Theme Panel opens with a short text, which contains idioms printed in bold. The text can be used for various teaching purposes.' Ludmila Gorodetskaya, Moscow State University, English Magazine, Russia, May 1999show more

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For students and teachers of English as a foreign language, intermediate level upwards. Some 7000 idioms are alphabetized under the key word, and there is an index where you can ascertain that, for instance, 'fat cat' comes under 'fat' rather than 'cat'. The definitions are in very simple vocabulary and all entries have examples. There are labels for region and register ('old-fashioned', 'informal', 'humorous' etc), but only a few entries have information on origins. Nor does the book tip you off that a phrase such as mot juste is French and needs to be pronounced accordingly. The selection focuses sensibly on basic expressions but takes in both the biblical ('the patience of Job') and the lately overused ('full monty'). Particularly useful idioms are highlighted. Learners should welcome this book. (Kirkus UK)show more

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