Oxford Dictionary of English Idioms

Oxford Dictionary of English Idioms

by John Ayto
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Oxford Dictionary of English Idioms by John Ayto

The Oxford Dictionary of English Idioms offers a fresh look at the idiomatic phrases and sayings that make English the rich language that it is. The third edition contains entries for over 6,000 idioms, including 700 entirely new entries, based on Oxford's language monitoring programs and the third edition of the Oxford English Dictionary. These include a range of idioms such as "the elephant in the corner," "go figure," "step up to the plate," "a walk in the park," and "win ugly." Many entries include more detailed background on the idiom in question. For example, did you know that 'taken aback' was adopted from nautical terminology that described a ship unable to move forward because of a strong headwind pressing its sails back against the mast?

The book lists national variants, so we learn that while in America they say "all over the map," in Britain they say "all over the shop." This edition also features a greatly increased number of cross-references, making it ideal for quick reference. Anyone interested in the colorful side of the English language will have hours of fun browsing this fascinating and informative volume.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780199543786
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date: 07/01/2010
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 239,045
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.60(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

John Ayto is an experienced lexicographer and author of many language titles.

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Oxford Dictionary of English Idioms 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
JDTW More than 1 year ago
*Idioms are in bold and alphabetical arrangement. *One inch thick yet light weight book. *I like it a lot more than Dixson Essential Idioms in English.