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McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Idioms Dictionary (McGraw-Hill ESL References)

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Shape up your English with thousands of idioms

Whether you are a learner of English who is having difficulty understanding expressions in everyday speech or a native speaker who wants to expand your written or spoken range, you need a comprehensive reference for idioms, common phrases, and sayings of American English. McGraw-Hill's American Idioms Dictionary shows you the ropes of English and helps you:

  • Expand your English-speaking abilities with these 14,000-plus expressions, proverbs, and common sayings, listed alphabetically
  • Use American idioms correctly by following the many helpful examples
  • Easily find the right phrase by one of its key words

Some examples of the colorful English language, as spoken by Americans:

at peace relaxed and happy

every trick in the book every deceptive method known

Johnny-on-the-spot someone who is in the right place at the right time

make a killing to have a great success, especially in making money

nine-to-five job a job with normal daytime hours

scream bloody murder to complain bitterly

take a powder to leave; to leave town

Synopsis:

Spears gets to the heart of American idioms<P>A fully revised and updated edition of the most established reference to American English idioms, this book covers more than 14,000 idiomatic forms in American English, each exemplified with contextual sentences. The revision also has more than 750 new entries, a new thematic index, and includes lighthearted illustrations.

About the Author

Richard A. Spears, Ph.D., was a professor of linguistics at Northwestern University before he turned to editorial work. He has written more than 150 books and articles on various aspects of language. His main interest is in phrasal dictionaries and references designed for language learners.

Table of Contents

Preface

Terms and Symbols

About this Dictionary

Dictionary

Phrase-Finder Index

Thematic Index

Appendix

Product Details

ISBN:
9780071478939
Author:
Spears, Richard A.
Publisher:
McGraw-Hill Education
Author:
Spears Richard
Author:
Spears, Richard
Subject:
Dictionaries
Subject:
English language
Subject:
Dictionaries - Idioms & Slang
Subject:
Americanisms
Subject:
English language -- United States -- Idioms.
Subject:
Reference-Slang and Idioms
Subject:
Reference - Dictionaries
Copyright:
Edition Number:
4
Series:
McGraw-Hill ESL References
Publication Date:
November 2006
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
8.92x6.08x1.06 in. 1.94 lbs.

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Linguistics » Specific Languages and Groups
Reference » Dictionaries » General
Reference » General
Reference » Slang and Idioms
Reference » Words Phrases and Language

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