The dictionary of idioms and their origins examines over 400 such phrases tracing each ones source and history through the chronological use of examples while maintaining scholarly accuracy the authors inspire the reader with their love and enthusiasm for the curiosities of the english language. This book explains the origin of lots of the idioms we hear or use daily very interesting reading another book of idioms that i purchased websters new world american idioms handbook told the meaning of idioms without explaining their origins and was less enjoyable. The free dictionarys idioms dictionary is the largest collection of english idioms and slang in the world it contains more than 60000 entries from several of the most trusted names in publishing. Dictionary of idioms and their origins by roger flavell linda flavell pthe english language contains a great store of idioms that can be used in creative and forceful ways dictionary of idioms examines over 400 such phrases tracing each ones source and history through a rich supply of examples. For english idioms most comprehensive origins of cliches proverbs and figurative expressions by stanley j st clair is great for idioms outside the us cambridge dictionary of international idioms by james gordon white is very useful
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