The Oxford Dictionary of Idioms

Author: Judith Siefring
Publisher: OUP Oxford
ISBN: 019157953X
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Did you know that 'flavour of the month' originated in a marketing campaign in American ice-cream parlours in the 1940s, when a particular flavour would be specially promoted for a month at a time? And did you know that 'off the cuff' refers to the rather messy practice of writing impromptu notes on one's shirt cuff before speaking in public? These and many more idioms are explained and put into context in this second edition of the Oxford Dictionary of Idioms. This vastly entertaining dictionary takes a fresh look at the idiomatic phrases and sayings that make English such a rich and intriguing language. A major new edition, it contains entries for over 5000 idioms, including 350 new entries and over 500 new quotations. The text has been updated to include many new idioms using the findings of the Oxford English Reading Programme, the biggest language research programme in the world. The entries are supported by a wealth of illustrative quotations from a wide range of sources and periods. For example: 'Rowling has not been asleep at the wheel in the three years since the last Potter novel, and I am pleased to report that she has not confused sheer length with inspiration.' - Guardian, 2003. 'I made the speech of a lifetime. I had them tearing up the seats and rolling in the aisles.' - P.G. Woodhouse, 1940. Many entries include boxed features which give more detailed background on the idiom in question. For example, did you know that 'taken aback' was adopted from nautical terminology, and described a ship unable to move forward because of a strong headwind pressing its sails back against the mast? The text has been entirely redesigned so that it is both elegant and easy to use. Anyone interested in the quirky side of the English language will have hours of fun browsing through this fascinating and informative volume.

The Oxford Dictionary of Idioms

Author: Judith Siefring
Publisher: OUP Oxford
ISBN: 9780198610557
Format: PDF, Docs
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Did you know that 'flavour of the month' originated in a marketing campaign in American ice-cream parlours in the 1940s, when a particular flavour would be specially promoted for a month at a time? And did you know that 'off the cuff' refers to the rather messy practice of writing impromptu notes on one's shirt cuff before speaking in public? These and many more idioms are explained and put into context in this second edition of the Oxford Dictionary of Idioms. This vastly entertaining dictionary takes a fresh look at the idiomatic phrases and sayings that make English such a rich and intriguing language. A major new edition, it contains entries for over 5000 idioms, including 350 new entries and over 500 new quotations. The text has been updated to include many new idioms using the findings of the Oxford English Reading Programme, the biggest language research programme in the world. The entries are supported by a wealth of illustrative quotations from a wide range of sources and periods. For example: 'Rowling has not been asleep at the wheel in the three years since the last Potter novel, and I am pleased to report that she has not confused sheer length with inspiration.' - Guardian, 2003. 'I made the speech of a lifetime. I had them tearing up the seats and rolling in the aisles.' - P.G. Woodhouse, 1940. Many entries include boxed features which give more detailed background on the idiom in question. For example, did you know that 'taken aback' was adopted from nautical terminology, and described a ship unable to move forward because of a strong headwind pressing its sails back against the mast? The text has been entirely redesigned so that it is both elegant and easy to use. Anyone interested in the quirky side of the English language will have hours of fun browsing through this fascinating and informative volume.

Oxford Dictionary of English Idioms

Author: John Ayto
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 019954378X
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Offers entries for over six thousand idioms, including seven hundred new to this edition, and provides background information, additional cross-references, and national variants.

Oxford Dictionary of Proverbs

Author: Jennifer Speake
Publisher: OUP Oxford
ISBN: 0191059595
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This unique and authoritative dictionary contains over 1,100 of the most widely used proverbs in English, utilizing the latest research from Oxford Dictionaries to source them. This edition has been thoroughly revised and updated, broadening the cultural range of the proverbs selected, and covering sayings of international origins. With a strong emphasis on concisely explaining the meaning of the proverbs described, the dictionary also provides additional examples of usage, and includes a fascinating history for many entries. Arranged in A-Z order and with a useful thematic index, A Dictionary of Proverbs is ideal for browsing and perfectly suited for quick reference. Look up your old favourites, learn punchy new expressions to get your point across, and find the answer to that crossword clue. It is never too late to learn: find proverbs relevant to every aspect of life in this entertaining and informative collection.

The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Proverbs

Author: John Simpson
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
ISBN: 9780192800022
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Lists recorded usages and meaning for hundreds of proverbs arranged by key word, from "Absence makes the heart grow fonder" to "Youth must be served."

Oxford Idioms Dictionary for learners of English

Author: Dilys Parkinson
Publisher: OUP Oxford
ISBN: 9780194317238
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Contains a wide range of idioms, from expressions used in business and newspapers to very up-to-date informal English and slang expressions. Covers idioms from British and American English and other English-speaking countries. New design and simple system of links to help you find what you want quickly and easily. New opposites and related words to build vocabulary. New study pages explore common themes and uses to help you develop a deeper understanding of English idioms. Pronunciation is given for all key words and stress for all idioms.

Oxford Dictionary of Modern Slang

Author: John Ayto
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0199232059
Format: PDF, Mobi
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Offering coverage of over 6,000 slang words and expressions from the Cockney 'abaht' to the American term 'zowie', this is the most authoritative dictionary of slang from the 20th and 21st centuries.

The Oxford Dictionary of Catchphrases

Author: Anna Farkas
Publisher:
ISBN: 9780198828983
Format: PDF
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This entertaining book gives a history of a selection of our best-loved catchphrases, paying homage to the human nature of adopting a common bond through language.

A Dictionary of Proverbs

Author: Jennifer Speake
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
ISBN: 9780199539536
Format: PDF
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"First published as The concise Oxford dictionary of proverbs, edited by John Simpson, 1982"--T.p. verso.