Allen's Dictionary of English Phrases

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Penguin UK, Aug 7, 2008 - Reference - 832 pages
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Allen’s Dictionary of English Phrases is the most comprehensive survey of this area of the English language ever undertaken. Taking over 6000 phrases, it explains their meaning, explores their development and gives citations that range from the Venerable Bede to Will Self. Crisply and wittily written, the book is packed with memorable and surprising detail, whether showing that 'salad days' comes from Antony and Cleopatra, that 'flavour of the month' originates in 1940s American ice cream marketing, or even that we’ve been 'calling a spade a spade' since the sixteenth century. Allen’s Dictionary of English Phrases is part of the Penguin Reference Library and draws on over 70 years of experience in bringing reliable, useful and clear information to millions of readers around the world – making knowledge everybody’s property.
 

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Contents

hitch
Hobson
hog
hoist
hole
holiday
hollow
holy

blinkers
blood
bloody
bloom
blouse
blow
blue
bluff
board
Boat
Bob
bodkin
boggle
bold
bolt2 the act of bolting
bomb
bondi
boo
book
boom
boot1
boot2
bootstrap
born
borrow
bosom
both
bottom
bounce
bound
bounds
bow2 used in archery
bows
Box
brain
brake
brave
breach
breadline
breakfast
breast
breath
breathe
breed
brick
bridge
brief
bring
broad
broaden
broken
broth
brow
brownie
brunt
brush
buck2 a piece used in poker
buck3
bucket
bud
Buggins
bulge
bull
bullet
bum
bump
bun
bundle
bung
burden
burner
burnt
burr
Burton
bury
bush
bushel
busman
busy
butter
butterfingers
butterfly
buy
by
C
coast
coat
cobweb
cock2
cocked
Cocker
cocoa
coffin
coign
coil
coin
cold
collar
collision
colour
column
come
comfort
company
compare
compliment
conclusion
concrete
conjure
conspicuous
contempt
contention
contradiction
cooee
cookie
coon
coot
copybook
cord
corner
corridor
cotton wool
counsel
count
countenance
country
courage
court
Coventry
cover
COW
crab
crack
cracked
cracking
cramp
creature
creek
creep
cricket
crisp
Croesus
cropper
cross
crossfire
crow
crowd
crumb
crunch
crust
cuckoo
cucumber
cue
cuff
cup
cupboard
curate
curl
current
curry
curve
custom
cylinder
D
E
F
G
H
heartbeat
hearty
heather
heaven
heavy
heck
heel
hell
hello
hen
her
hero
herring
hide1 verb
high
hike
hilt
hip
history
homework
honour
hoof
hook
hookey
hoop
hop
hope
horizon
horn
hornet
horse
hostage
hot
hour
house
housetops
hue
hum
humble
hungry
hurry
hurt
I
J
K
L
M
N
O
P
practical
practice
prayer
pregnant
presence
press
prey
price
prick
pride
prime
prince
problem
production
prolong
proof
pro
proud
prune
publish
pudding
puff
pulp
pulse
Punch
Punic
purdah
purler
purpose
pursuit
put
putty
Pyrrhic
Q
R
S
slippery
smack
smart
smell
smile
smoke
smooth
snap
snappy
snook
snuff
so
sober
sock2verb
sod
soft
soldier
some
son
song
sop
sorcerer
sorrow
sort
soul
sound
SOW1 female pig rhymes with cow
space
spades
spank
spark
speak
spec
spell
spick
spill
spit
splash
spoil
sponge
sport
spot
spout
sprat
spur
spy
squeeze
stable
staff
stair
stake
stall
stand
standing
starch
start
state
stead
steady
steal
steer
step
stern
stew
stick2
sticky
still
sting
stir
stock
stomach
stone
stony
stop
stopper
storm
story
stove
strain
straw
streak
stream
street
strength
strengthen
stricken
string
strip
strong
strut
study
stuff
stuffing
suck
suffer
suit
summer
sunset
sure
suspect
swallow1the bird
swathe
sweat
sweep
sweet
sweeten
swim
swollen
swoop
Sydney
system
T
U
V
W
X
Y
Z
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Robert Allen edited a major new edition of the Concise Oxford Dictionary, was an associate editor of the Oxford Companion to English Language and directed work on Chambers 21st Century Dictionary. He has written an updated version of Fowler’s Modern English Usage and has contributed articles on the modern use of English in English Today. He is the consultant editor for all Penguin English Dictionaries.

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