The Oxford Dictionary of Proverbs (6th edition)

ISBN : 9780198734901

Jennifer Speake
400 Pages
136 x 196 mm
Pub date
Sep 2015
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  • Contains over 1,100 of the most widely used proverbs in English across the world, including expanded coverage of proverbs of international origin
  • Uses evidence from Oxford Dictionaries research
  • Thoroughly revised and updated edition, with a greater emphasis on providing helpful explanation of the meanings of proverbs
  • Usage examples, including the earliest written evidence, provide a fascinating history of many proverbs
  • Thematic index is as ideal for quick reference as the A-Z section is for browsing

New to this Edition:

  • Thoroughly revised and updated content
  • A stronger emphasis on helpful explanation of all proverbs that require it
  • Expanded coverage of proverbs of international origin

This unique and authoritative dictionary contains over 1,100 of the most widely used proverbs in English, utilizing the latest research from Oxford Dictionaries to source them. This edition has been thoroughly revised and updated, broadening the cultural range of the proverbs selected, and covering sayings of international origins. With a strong emphasis on concisely explaining the meaning of the proverbs described, the dictionary also provides additional examples of usage, and includes a fascinating history for many entries. Arranged in A-Z order and with a useful thematic index, A Dictionary of Proverbsis ideal for browsing and perfectly suited for quick reference. Look up your old favourites, learn punchy new expressions to get your point across, and find the answer to that crossword clue. It is never too late to learn: find proverbs relevant to every aspect of life in this entertaining and informative collection.


Editor's Preface
Thematic Index

About the author: 

Edited by Jennifer Speake

Jennifer Speake is a freelance writer. She was the editor of the first editions of The Oxford Dictionary of Foreign Words and Phrases (1997) and The Oxford Dictionary of Idioms(1999).

"... Oxford Dictionary of Proverbs is an indispensable reference tool for every library shelf. Like the content, this dictionary will never go out of style or fall into disuse after all, "a good beginning makes a good ending"." - Refrence Reviews

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