OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS

Oxford Dictionary of English Idioms (3rd edition)

ISBN : 9780199543786

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¥1,826
Author: 
John Ayto
Pages
416 Pages
Format
Paperback
Size
128 x 196 mm
Pub date
Jul 2010
Series
Oxford Quick Reference

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  • Contains over 6,000 idioms from all over the English-speaking world
  • Hundreds more idioms than the nearest competition
  • Hundreds of illustrative quotations, both modern and historical, offer readers a clear idea of how the phrases can be used
  • Extra features offer fascinating additional information for many entries
  • Accessible and elegant design that makes the text easy to navigate, including a much increased number of cross-references, ideal for quick reference
  • The book draws on the latest findings of Oxford's language monitoring, the largest dictionary research programme in the world
  • A clear and concise introduction written by the editor, explaining and summarizing the key features of idioms

New to this Edition:

  • Hundreds of additional headwords and senses to reflect new research and new terms
  • Updated design
  • Features a thorough thematic index, allowing readers to easily locate idioms by topic, such as Courage, Expense, or Opportunity

 
Did you know that 'flavour of the month' originated in a marketing campaign in American ice-cream parlours in the 1940s, 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 this third edition of the Oxford Dictionary of English 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 6,000 idioms, including 700 entirely new entries, based on Oxford's language monitoring and the ongoing third edition of the Oxford English Dictionary. 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'. 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. 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? 

Anyone interested in the colourful side of the English language will get hours of fun browsing from this fascinating and informative volume.

Index: 

Preface
Dictionary
Thematic Index

About the author: 

John Ayto is an experienced lexicographer and author of many language titles, including The Oxford Essential Guide to the English Language, The Longman Register of New Words, the Bloomsbury Dictionary of Word Origins, Twentieth Century Words, and Wobbly Bits and Other Euphemisms. He is also editor of the latest edition of Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase and Fable.

"This fascinating book reminds us how much of English is a sort of code." - Christopher Hirst, The Independent

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