The American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms, Second Edition

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013 - Reference - 506 pages

Senior moment. Think outside the box. Idioms like these can't be understood just from the words that make them up. The American Heritage(R) Dictionary of Idioms explores the meanings of idioms, including phrasal verbs such as kick back, proverbs such as too many cooks spoil the broth, interjections such as tough beans, and figures of speech such as elephant in the room. Since the publication of the first edition 15 years ago, author Christine Ammer has made extensive revisions that reflect new historical scholarship and changes in the English language. This second edition defines over 10,000 idiomatic expressions in greater detail than any other dictionary available today. English language learners will find this dictionary especially useful.

 

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A
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B
24
C
68
D
106
E
127
F
136
G
161
H
193
O
314
P
341
Q
369
R
370
S
386
T
438
U
478
V
483

I
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J
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K
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L
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M
281
N
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W
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XYZ
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Back Cover
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Spine
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CHRISTINE AMMER has authored over three dozen reference books, on subjects ranging from classical music to women's health. Her works include Facts on File Dictionary of Clichés, Seeing Red or Tickled Pink, Southpaws and Sunday Punches, Cool Cats and Top Dogs, and Fruitcakes and Couch Potatoes. She lives in Lexington, Massachusetts.

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