A Dictionary of Catch Phrases: British and American, from the Sixteenth Century to the Present Day
A catch phrase is a well-known, frequently-used phrase or saying that has `caught on' or become popular over along period of time. It is often witty or philosophical and this Dictionary gathers together over 7,000 such phrases.
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A product of old age, this isn't Partridge at his best (it's "here come de judge," not "there come...," Eric), but full of good stories and obscure allusions (especially helpful for Yanks who didn't grow up with ITMA) Read full review