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The American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms

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Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

The cat will never get your tongue once you have The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms. This book defines nearly 10,000 idioms — expressions consisting of two or more words whose combined meaning is different from the literal meaning of the individual words. Each entry has both a definition and a sentence showing the idiom used in context. Most entries offer an explanation of the idioms origin and indicate when the expression first appeared in English.

Synopsis:

"Bite the bullet", " get on the stick", "make no bones about it", " take the cake". The American Heritage(R) Dictionary of Idioms covers almost 10,000 expressions. Its main fare is, of course, idioms - groups of two or more words that together mean something different from the literal meaning of the individual words. In addition, this book discusses verb phrases such as " act up", "freeze out", and " get down", figures of speech such as "dark horse" and "blind as a bat", interjections and formulas like "says who" and " tough beans", common proverbs like a "bird in the hand", and slang terms such as "buy the farm" and "push up daisies". Each entry is defined and has an example sentence showing the expression in context. Most entries offer an explanation of the expression's literal meaning or origin and include information about its first appearance in English.

About the Author

Christine Ammer is a lifelong student of language. She is the author of 20 popular reference books, on subjects ranging from classical music to economics. For the past decade she has concentrated on language, especially colloquial expressions. She lives and looks into words in Lexington, Massachusetts.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780618249534
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Location:
Boston
Author:
Ammer, Christine
Subject:
Dictionaries
Subject:
English language
Subject:
Dictionaries - Idioms & Slang
Subject:
Americanisms
Subject:
Dictionaries - General
Subject:
Reference-Slang and Idioms
Subject:
Reference - Dictionaries
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
bk. 2
Publication Date:
September 2003
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
480
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 0.44 in 1.37 lb

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The American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms
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"Bite the bullet", " get on the stick", "make no bones about it", " take the cake". The American Heritage(R) Dictionary of Idioms covers almost 10,000 expressions. Its main fare is, of course, idioms - groups of two or more words that together mean something different from the literal meaning of the individual words. In addition, this book discusses verb phrases such as " act up", "freeze out", and " get down", figures of speech such as "dark horse" and "blind as a bat", interjections and formulas like "says who" and " tough beans", common proverbs like a "bird in the hand", and slang terms such as "buy the farm" and "push up daisies". Each entry is defined and has an example sentence showing the expression in context. Most entries offer an explanation of the expression's literal meaning or origin and include information about its first appearance in English.
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