Common Phrases and Where They Come from

Common Phrases and Where They Come from

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Ever wondered where the phrase raining cats and dogs came from? In a Teutonic myth, the wind was a huge dog, chief attendant to Odin, the god of wisdom, war, and the cosmos. When it rained hard, Odin's dog was chasing a cat, in the form of rain. So when it poured, Odin dropped "cats and dogs" from the sky. Learn the stories behind such phrases as: A la carte Coast is clear Dog days of summer Flash in the pan In hot water Lame duck Pay through the nose Run amok Apple of my eye Cock-and-bull story Cut and dried Face the music Fly off the handle Kick the bucket Lion's share Pull strings And many more...show more

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  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 139.7 x 208.28 x 17.78mm | 249.47g
  • ROWMAN & LITTLEFIELD
  • The Lyons Press
  • Guilford, United States
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 1585746827
  • 9781585746828
  • 1,550,069

About John Mordock

John Mordock, a psychologist by training, has published six books and numerous magazine articles. Myron Korach received a law degree from Case Western Reserve in 1929. While attending law school, he taught immigrants to read and write.show more

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