The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Proverbs

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J. A. Simpson
Oxford University Press, 1982 - Religion - 256 pages
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The dictionary gives explanations of the meanings and use of proverbs whenever these are obscure. By means of numerous illustrative quotations it also provides a documentary history of each proverb from its first recorded use in written English, and supplies details of earlier related forms in other languages.

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J. A. Simpson worked on the Supplement to the Oxford English Dictionary and prepared the Concise Oxford Dictionary of Proverbs.
E. S. C. Weiner also served on the editorial staff of the Supplement and compiled the Oxford Guide to English Usage.

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