Robert Allen 's Allen's Dictionary of English Phrases PDF

By Robert Allen

ISBN-10: 0140515119

ISBN-13: 9780140515114

"Allen's Dictionary of English words" is the main accomplished survey of this sector of the English language ever undertaken. taking on 6000 words, it explains their that means, explores their improvement and offers citations that diversity from the Venerable Bede to Will Self. Crisply and wittily written, this e-book is choked with memorable and spectacular aspect, even if displaying that 'salad days' comes from Antony and Cleopatra, that 'flavour of the month' originates in Nineteen Forties American ice cream advertising and marketing, or maybe that we have been 'calling a spade a spade' because the 16th century. "Allen's Dictionary of English words" is a part of the "Penguin Reference Library" and attracts on over 70 years of expertise in bringing trustworthy, worthwhile and transparent details to thousands of readers around the globe - making wisdom everybody's estate.

Show description

Read or Download Allen's Dictionary of English Phrases PDF

Best dictionaries & thesauruses books

New PDF release: Webster’s Croatian - English Thesaurus Dictionary

When you are studying Croatian, this ebook used to be no longer created for you, and also you aren't buy it. It was once created for thoroughly fluent mother-tongue audio system of Croatian who already understand the whole which means of Croatian phrases, yet who have to find out how a unmarried English translation of a Croatian observe could have ambiguous meanings within the English language.

Read e-book online Kauderwelsch: German Slang - the real German PDF

"Abwarten und Tee trinken“, „geritzt“, „Was juckt mich das? “ Welcher Nicht-Deutsche versteht schon, was once damit gemeint ist? In Deutschland leben Hunderttausende Menschen aus allen Kontinenten. Für sie ist die alltägliche deutsche Umgangssprache oft ein Buch mit sieben Siegeln. Das Deutsch, welches sie im Sprachkurs lernen, hat nämlich kaum etwas mit dem gemein, used to be ihre deutschen Freunde und Kollegen sprechen.

Read e-book online A Dictionary of Varieties of English PDF

A Dictionary of sorts of English offers a finished directory of the distinct dialects and varieties of English spoken through the modern global. presents a useful creation and consultant to present learn tendencies within the fieldIncludes definitions either for the types of English and areas they function, and for phrases and ideas derived from a linguistic research of those varietiesExplores very important study concerns together with the transportation of dialects of English, the increase of ‘New Englishes’, sociolinguistic investigations of assorted English-speaking locales, and the research of language touch and alter.

Additional resources for Allen's Dictionary of English Phrases

Example text

Clean up one’s act to stop behaving badly or irresponsibly and start to act in a more acceptable or proper way. Late 20th cent. Daily Mirror 1992 A judge ordered him to clean up his act by watching Gary Lineker videos. do a disappearing/vanishing act to leave a place suddenly without leaving information about one’s whereabouts: usually in the context of dishonest or underhand activities. A metaphor from conjuring. Early 20th cent. Rachel Elliot Lover’s Charade 1992 Well, tonight she’d do something about it, she pledged silently.

Adam’s ale water, man’s first drink. Also called Adam’s wine. 17th cent. Prynne Sovereign Power of Parliament 1643 They have been shut up in prisons and dungeons… allowed only a poor pittance of Adams Ale, and scarce a penny bread a day to support their lives. Adam’s apple the projection of the thyroid cartilage in front of the neck, more prominent in men and traditionally associated with part of the forbidden fruit that is said to have stuck in Adam’s throat (see forbidden fruit). ) in the same meaning.

In the case of works published before about 1800 these dates are not always so well established, and in these cases I have tried to find a consensus. The dates given for Shakespeare’s plays follow the ones given in The New Penguin Encyclopedia (2003 edition). A A The first letter of the alphabet, used to denote a starting point or the highest level in a system of grades. A1 first-class, excellent. First used in Lloyd’s Register of Shipping to indicate ships in the best condition. A classifies the hull of the ship and 1 classifies its stores.

Download PDF sample

Allen's Dictionary of English Phrases by Robert Allen


by Charles
4.3

Rated 4.97 of 5 – based on 19 votes