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Oxford Dictionary of Idioms

The Oxford Dictionary of English Idioms takes a look at over 6,000 idiomatic phrases and sayings found in the English language. These include a range of recently established idioms such as the elephant in the corner, go figure, like a rat up a drainpipe, sex on legs, step up to the plate, too posh to push, a walk in the park, win ugly. Inside you'll also find great number of cross-references, alongside hundreds of illustrative quotations, both modern and historical, to offer readers a clear idea of how the phrases can be used. Extra features offer fascinating additional information for many entries, drawn from the latest findings of Oxford's language monitoring program. Many entries include additional features which give more detailed background on the idiom in question. "Anyone who is addicted to the richness of the English language or simply intrigued by the origin and meaning of an idiom like 'teach your grandmother to suck eggs' will relish this work"--Library Journal
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