The Cassell's Dictionary of English Idioms

The Cassell's Dictionary of English Idioms

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It's clear as a bell--this informative and fun A to Z guide to English idioms reallyplumbs the depths of the subject. Over 10,000 cross-referenced entries that range frombread and circuses to apple-pie order and muscle in to zonk out give the meaning of each phrase and the context in which it is used. Unusual idioms receive longer explanations detailing their origins and their history. There are terms Shakespearean, Biblical, nautical, historical-and ones derived from quotes, misquotes, and misunderstanding. You won't wantto do without it!

Blackwell North Amer
The English language is full of peculiar and obscure expressions, some ancient - bread and circuses - some modern - gnomes of Zurich. Many of them have fascinating provenances and hidden meanings. Cassell's Dictionary of English Idioms is an unrivalled guide to these expressions, providing full and lucid definitions and helpful usage notes. It also gives details of the origins of many of the idioms, be they Biblical, Shakespearean, nautical, historical or derived from quotes, misquotes or misunderstandings.

Publisher: London : Cassell, 2002
Edition: New Ed
ISBN: 9780304363841
Characteristics: xi, 392 p. ; 23 cm
Additional Contributors: Fergusson, Rosalind
Alternative Title: Dictionary of English idioms


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