A Concise Dictionary of Phrase and Fable

A Concise Dictionary of Phrase and Fable

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The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Phrase and Fable is a new reference work, providing a wealth of fascinating and informative background detail for over 10,000 phrases and allusions used in English today. Drawing from Oxford's unrivalled bank of language and quotation on-line resources, this highly browsable pot pourri of allusive terms includes entries from a broad range of topics, from classical mythology, history, religion, folk customs, superstitions, science and technology, philosophy, and popular culture. From African Eve to white van man, from Barbie doll and bunny boiler to the big bang theory, the dictionary gives reliable, up-to-date insights into the origin and history of words and phrases, with ample cross-referencing.show more

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  • Paperback | 602 pages
  • 129.5 x 193 x 35.6mm | 294.84g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0192801252
  • 9780192801258

About Elizabeth Knowles

Elizabeth Knowles has been Managing Editor of Oxford Quotations Dictionaries since 1993 and is a historical lexicographer, having previously worked for ten years on the New Shorter Oxford English Dictionary.show more

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INTRODUCTION; DICTIONARY; EXAMPLES INCLUDE AFRICAN EVE, BLAIR BABES, CUSTER'S LAST STAND, FRIEND OF DOROTHY, GROUND ZERO, ORADOUR, RED QUEEN HYPOTHESIS, SHOOT THE MESSENGER, TROJAN HORSEshow more

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UNEDITED UK REVIEW: "Oxford Dictionary of Phrase and Fable (2000): ground-breaking"show more

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