The Oxford Dictionary of Idioms

The Oxford Dictionary of Idioms

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Containing 5,000 idioms, alphabetically arranged by key word, this book covers metaphorical phrases, familiar quotations and proverbs, and similes. It provides meanings for well-known idioms such as set the world alight, cost an arm and a leg, once in a blue moon, the tip of the iceberg, and many more. A date of origin is often given and many entries are supported by illustrative quotations from sources as varied as the Bible, Spectator, and Agatha Christie. Full of fascinating facts, this dictionary is ideal for anyone with an interest in the origins of words and phrases. The arrangement of words alphabetically by key word means easy browsing. It focuses on British English, but also covers US English and other variants, e.g. cut to the chase and make a Virginia fence. Histories of well-known idioms are provided.show more

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  • Paperback | 402 pages
  • 129.54 x 193.04 x 27.94mm | 317.51g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 0192801112
  • 9780192801111

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Contains 5,000 idioms arranged alphabetically by a key word. Covering metaphorical words and phrases, familiar quotations, proverbs and similes this dictionary also provides meanings for many idioms including set the world alight, the tip of the iceberg and cost an arm and a leg. Histories of well-known idioms are also provided. (Kirkus UK)show more

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