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Let's "cut to the chase" and "make no bones about it"-this book will have you "pleased as punch."

Sowing your wild oats, throwing in the towel, painting the town red...Harry Oliver reveals the fascinating stories behind these and other strange turns of phrase steeped in the weird and wonderful history and traditions of everyday life. From quirky terms to street and city names and more, this book answers the questions you never thought to ask.

? What ancient empire coined the phrase "green with envy"?

? Who was the first person to "get someone's goat"?

? Which writer first penned, "I'll eat my hat!"

About the Author

Writer and editor Harry Oliver holds a fascination for the quirky stories behind aspects of our everyday lives. The author of Bubble Gum and Hula Hoops and Black Cats and Four-Leaf Clovers, he lives and works in London.

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ISBN:
9780399536373
Author:
Oliver, Harry
Publisher:
Perigee Books
Subject:
Trivia
Subject:
General Reference
Subject:
Reference-Etymology
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
20110131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
8.14 x 4.66 x 0.6 in 0.36 lb
Age Level:
17-17

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