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Flying by the Seat of Your Pants: Surprising Origins of Everyday Expressions
     

Flying by the Seat of Your Pants: Surprising Origins of Everyday Expressions

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by Harry Oliver
 

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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

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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!"

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780399536373
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
01/04/2011
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
4.40(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet 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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Flying by the Seat of Your Pants 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My daughter received this for Christmas because her class did a short lesson on these common expressions. As we read the explanations, they usually prompt her to ask me a question about that topic or another - which is good! I like it, she at times finds it dry.