The Oxford Dictionary of Proverbs

The Oxford Dictionary of Proverbs

Author: Jennifer Speake

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 9780198734901

Category: Reference

Page: 416

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This unique and authoritative dictionary contains over 1,100 of the most widely used proverbs in English, utilizing the latest research from Oxford Dictionaries to source them. This edition has been thoroughly revised and updated, broadening the cultural range of the proverbs selected, and covering sayings of international origins. With a strong emphasis on concisely explaining the meaning of the proverbs described, the dictionary also provides additional examples of usage, and includes a fascinating history for many entries. Arranged in A-Z order and with a useful thematic index, A Dictionary of Proverbs is ideal for browsing and perfectly suited for quick reference. Look up your old favourites, learn punchy new expressions to get your point across, and find the answer to that crossword clue. It is never too late to learn: find proverbs relevant to every aspect of life in this entertaining and informative collection.

Little Oxford Dictionary of Proverbs

Little Oxford Dictionary of Proverbs

Author: Elizabeth Knowles

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780191084249

Category: Reference

Page: 512

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Little Oxford Dictionary of Proverbs features over 2,000 proverbs and sayings from around the world, arranged across 250 subjects - from 'Books' and 'Borrowing' to 'Dreams' and 'Drink'. Each theme has a short introduction giving an overview of the proverbial treatment of the topic and each proverb is accompanied by information on its date, source, and meaning. Not only is this book a pleasure to browse but it is ideal for quick reference with its comprehensive index that makes it easy to find the exact phrase you're looking for. Beautifully produced and designed, it is the perfect gift for anyone who loves language. Drawing on Oxford's ongoing dictionary research and language monitoring, the second edition of this delightful book adds phrases that have come to prominence, or increased in popularity, since publication of the first edition, such as 'Never waste a good crisis' and 'Dress for the job you want, not for the job you have', which add a contemporary flavour to the selection of more traditional English proverbs, and the popular sayings used in the English-speaking world from Asia, Africa, Middle East, and many other cultures. Find phrases on all aspects of life in this fascinating little book.

Oxford Dictionary of Proverbs

Oxford Dictionary of Proverbs

Author: Jennifer Speake

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 9780191059599

Category: Reference

Page: 416

View: 880

This unique and authoritative dictionary contains over 1,100 of the most widely used proverbs in English, utilizing the latest research from the Oxford Languages team to source them. This edition has been thoroughly revised and updated, broadening the cultural range of the proverbs selected, and covering sayings of international origins. With a strong emphasis on concisely explaining the meaning of the proverbs described, the dictionary also provides additional examples of usage, and includes a fascinating history for many entries. Arranged in A-Z order and with a useful thematic index, A Dictionary of Proverbs is ideal for browsing and perfectly suited for quick reference. Look up your old favourites, learn punchy new expressions to get your point across, and find the answer to that crossword clue. It is never too late to learn: find proverbs relevant to every aspect of life in this entertaining and informative collection.

The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Proverbs

The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Proverbs

Author: J. A. Simpson

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: STANFORD:36105021931857

Category: Reference

Page: 333

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Now reissued and updated, this invaluable work of reference provides the reader with over 1,000 of the best-known English proverbs from around the world. For this third edition the explanatory material has been expanded and new proverbs added including Never say never, It takes one to knowone, The devil is in the details, and If you want something done, ask a busy person. Every major proverb in use in the twentieth century Quotations provide a fascinating history of each proverb Thematic index helps you find proverbs on subjects ranging from boasting to weddings 'brilliantly argued I recommend it without hesitation to all students of the English language and lovers of literature, as well as to pedants, crossword fanatics and those who like to prove people wrong in argument.' Auberon Waugh, Sunday Telegraph 'much pleasure, earthy or erudite, and sometimes both, lies here in store' Richard Holmes, The Times

A Dictionary of Proverbs

A Dictionary of Proverbs

Author: Jennifer Speake

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 9780191580017

Category: Reference

Page: 400

View: 525

This unique and authoritative dictionary contains over 1,100 of the most widely used proverbs in English and uses research from the Oxford English Corpus, the world's largest language databank. This edition has been revised and fully updated and includes numerous entirely new entries. It also features expanded coverage of foreign language proverbs currently in use in English. With an emphasis on examples of usage, including the earliest written evidence of its use, this A-Z guide provides a thorough - and fascinating - history for every entry. Arranged in A-Z format and with a useful thematic index, A Dictionary of Proverbs is ideal for browsing and perfectly suited for quick reference. Look up your old favourites, learn punchy new expressions to get your point across, and find the answer to that crossword clue. Seeing is believing: find proverbs relevant to every aspect of life in this entertaining and informative collection.

The Oxford Dictionary of Proverbs

The Oxford Dictionary of Proverbs

Author: J. A. Simpson

Publisher:

ISBN: OCLC:901471393

Category:

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This unique and authoritative collection contains over 1,100 of the most widely-used proverbs in English with research drawing on the Oxford English Corpus, the world's largest language databank. Lively and compelling, this book is filled with favourites - old and new - and with the fascinating history of each proverb through the ages.

The Oxford Dictionary of Idioms

The Oxford Dictionary of Idioms

Author: Jennifer Speake

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 0192801112

Category: Reference

Page: 393

View: 701

Containing 5,000 idioms, alphabetically arranged by key word, this book covers metaphorical phrases, familiar quotations and proverbs, and similes. It provides meanings for well-known idioms such as set the world alight, cost an arm and a leg, once in a blue moon, the tip of the iceberg, andmany more. A date of origin is often given and many entries are supported by illustrative quotations from sources as varied as the Bible, Spectator, and Agatha Christie. Full of fascinating facts, this dictionary is ideal for anyone with an interest in the origins of words and phrases. --Arrangement of words alphabetically by key word means easy browsing --Focuses on British English, but also covers US English and other variants, e.g. cut to the chase and make a Virginia fence. --Histories of well-known idioms are provided