English Vocabulary Practice : 500 Most Common English Idioms and Phrasal Verbs
Cambridge International Dictionary of Idioms
These and many more idioms are explained and put into context in this third edition of the Oxford Dictionary of Idioms. The volume takes a fresh look at the idiomatic phrases and sayings that make English the rich and intriguing language that it is. This major new edition contains entries for over 6, idioms, including entirely new entries, based on Oxford's language monitoring and the ongoing third edition of the Oxford English Dictionary. This edition also features a greatly increased number of cross-references, making it ideal for quick reference. Many entries include additional features which give more detailed background on the idiom in question. Access to the complete content on Oxford Reference requires a subscription or purchase. Public users are able to search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter without a subscription.
English dictionary of Idioms from A to Z for students and teachers
Did you know that 'flavour of the month' originated in a marketing campaign in American ice-cream parlours in the s, when a particular flavour would be specially promoted for a month at a time? And did you know that 'off the cuff' refers to the rather messy practice of writing impromptu notes on one's shirt cuff before speaking in public? These and many more idioms are explained and put into context in the Oxford Dictionary of English Idioms. The dictionary takes a fresh look at the idiomatic phrases and sayings that make English the rich and intriguing language that it is and contains entries for over 6, idioms. These include a range of recently established idioms such as 'the elephant in the corner', 'go figure', 'like a rat up a drainpipe', 'sex on legs', 'step up to the plate', 'too posh to push', 'a walk in the park', 'win ugly'. Many entries include additional features which give 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?
Explore the colorful side of the English language and have hours of fun browsing this fascinating and informative volume. The Oxford Dictionary of English Idioms takes a look at over 6, idiomatic phrases and sayings found in the English language. These include a range of recently established idioms such as: "the elephant in the corner," "go figure," "step up to the plate," "a walk in the park," and "win ugly. Extra features offer fascinating additional information for many entries, drawn from the latest findings of Oxford's language monitoring program. Many entries include additional features which give more detailed background on the idiom in question.
For example, the phrase "keep your breath to cool your porridge" is more likely to be a rebuke to mind your own business than literal advice at breakfast. An idiom is a phrase whose meaning could not be readily deduced from the meaning of its individual words. The traditional example is " kick the bucket " which is normally understood to mean dying. The extent to which a phrase is thought idiomatic is a matter of degree and native speakers of English consider a phrase like "pop the question" proposing marriage to be less idiomatic than "kick the bucket". An idiom dictionary may be a traditional book or expressed in another medium such as a database within software for machine translation. Examples of the genre include Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase and Fable , which explains traditional allusions and proverbs, and Fowler's Modern English Usage , which was conceived as an idiom dictionary following the completion of the Concise Oxford English Dictionary , which itself contained many idioms. Some multilingual dictionaries of idioms are available on-line.