The Penguin Dictionary of English Idioms

The Penguin Dictionary of English Idioms

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This dictionary of idioms is designed to stimulate understanding and familiarity by explaining their meanings and origins and giving examples of typical usage. The basis of the author's approach is the grouping of phrases around a limited number of key words from which idioms are more

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  • Paperback | 304 pages
  • 127 x 195.58 x 17.78mm | 136.08g
  • Penguin Books Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • index
  • 0140511350
  • 9780140511352

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English is full of pitfalls for the learner, but perhaps the biggest puzzle is the wide range of idioms used unthinkingly by native speakers: 'raining cats and dogs', 'say boo to a goose', 'read the riot act'. This handy book treats thousands of such idioms with notes on their meaning and origin, and guidance on usage. The editors categorize them by key word, thus revealing some interesting comparisons and contrasts, and there is also a good alphabetical index. This simply written book will be most useful for learners of English, but it also makes enjoyable browsing for native speakers. (Kirkus UK)show more

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