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The American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms
     

The American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms

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by Christine Ammer
 

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The cat will never get your tongue once you have The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms. This book defines nearly 10,000 idioms — expressions consisting of two or more words whose combined meaning is different from the literal meaning of the individual words. Each entry has both a definition and a sentence showing the idiom used in context. Most

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The cat will never get your tongue once you have The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms. This book defines nearly 10,000 idioms — expressions consisting of two or more words whose combined meaning is different from the literal meaning of the individual words. Each entry has both a definition and a sentence showing the idiom used in context. Most entries offer an explanation of the idiom’s origin and indicate when the expression first appeared in English.

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Gr 7 UpThis excellent survey of almost 10,000 contemporary idioms has a clear format and large type, which should make it particularly appealing to young readers and non-native speakers. In addition to idioms, the dictionary includes common figures of speech, formula phrases such as "take care," emphatic redundancies whose word order cannot be reversed such as "cease and desist," common proverbs, colloquialisms, and slang phrases. Each expression is defined briefly and then illustrated by a short, simple sentence showing how it is used in context. Information regarding the expression's origin or background is given, along with its date of first appearance, if known. Although more detailed discussions of some words might be found in other classic works, the emphasis here is on understanding contemporary American usage. This resource is invaluable as a teaching tool.Mary H. Cole, Polytechnic Preparatory Country Day School, NY

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780618249534
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
09/13/2003
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
480
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.44(d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Christine Ammer is a lifelong student of language. She is the author of 20 popular reference books, on subjects ranging from classical music to economics. For the past decade she has concentrated on language, especially colloquial expressions. She lives and looks into words in Lexington, Massachusetts.

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The American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As a foreign businessman working in the US, I have looked for a printed dictionary that supplemtnets PC-based dictionaries suitable for my deskwork. When I found this dictionary on a bookshelf of Barns and Noble, I thought this is the one. This dictionary is quite convenient for general reading and writings, because it contains thesaurus and idioms. The usage examples therein are easy to understand. This is recommendable for foreign businessmen of all kinds.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I bought this book hoping it would give a historical perspective on American idioms. It doesn't really do that. It appears to be fairly complete in the scope of idioms covered, but the examples given to illustrate the typical use of the idioms are awful. They are so awkward, they sound like they were either written by the Coneheads or by someone who speaks Japanese and then translated into English.