Brewer's Dictionary of Twentieth-Century Phrase and Fable

Brewer's Dictionary of Twentieth-Century Phrase and Fable

by Houghton Mifflin

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First published in 1870, Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase and Fable was called by its originator a ``Treasure of literary bric-a-brac'' because of its wealth of definitions of puzzling terms likely to be met in wide reading. This new compilation, which has the same format, is confined to items dating from 1900 and is somewhat less literary, being laden with the stuff of the news--wars, politics, economics, science, and scandals. Those unfamiliar with such mental furniture as Lassie or snafu can turn here. The scope is so wide that almost anything may be included--which is both a plus and a minus. Its British focus renders it less than ideal as a key to American terms, but it serves the reader well in most areas. This dictionary contains 8000 terms, many more than comparable collections, but in crowded paragraphs and without an index, they are less accessible. For larger collections.-- William A. Donovan, Chicago P.L.
A contemporary version of the classic compendium first published in 1870. This entirely new version provides succinct yet substantial definitions of 8,000 words and phrases coined since 1900, many of which are idiomatic Briticisms or Americanisms. You can call it hep or you can call it hip, it's "probably from the West African Wolof word hipi, meaning to open one's eyes." Acidic paper. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company
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1st U.S. ed
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6.41(w) x 9.51(h) x 2.14(d)

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