The American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms

The American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms The cat will never get your tongue once you have The American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms This book defines nearly idioms expressions consisting of two or words whose combined meaning is diff

  • Title: The American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms
  • Author: Christine Ammer
  • ISBN: 9780618249534
  • Page: 413
  • Format: Paperback
  • The cat will never get your tongue once you have The American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms This book defines nearly 10,000 idioms expressions consisting of two or words whose combined meaning is different from the literal meaning of the individual words Each entry has both a definition and a sentence showing the idiom used in context Most entries offer an explaThe cat will never get your tongue once you have The American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms This book defines nearly 10,000 idioms expressions consisting of two or words whose combined meaning is different from the literal meaning of the individual words Each entry has both a definition and a sentence showing the idiom used in context Most entries offer an explanation of the idiom s origin and indicate when the expression first appeared in English.

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    1. This is a book I will treasure for a long time to come. Where else can I find out the interesting, sometimes even comical stories behind everyday phrases? Take the idiom "To let the cat out of the bag" for example. It refers to an old practice at mercantile stores, where apparently it was common to purchase live piglets. The store owner would go in the back with a sack to retrieve the piglet for the customer. If he were dishonest however, he would put a "worthless" cat in the sack instead. It wa [...]

    2. Need a cliche in a pinch? Need a saying to butcher? This book can save your butt--but only if you're writing for U.S. audiences.

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