A Collection of Confusible Phrases

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Llumina Press, 2004 - Reference - 516 pages
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English is a frustrating second language. Idioms, phrases and colloquialisms similar or opposite in wording can have unrelated meanings. This comprehensive dictionary contrasts 7,000 such 'confusable' false synonyms and antonyms. Has an alphabetical Phrase Index for ease of use.

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Page 45 - Like the patriarchs of old, our men live all in one house with their wives and their concubines; and the mulattoes one sees in every family partly resemble the white children. Any lady is ready to tell you who is the father of all the mulatto children in everybody's household but her own.
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