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The Facts on File Dictionary of Cliches: Meanings And Origins of Thousands… (edition 2006)
Dictionary of Cliches by Christine Ammer
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0816062803, Paperback)More than 4,000 cliches compiled in one fun, easy-to-use guide.
Praise for the previous hardcover edition:
"...an excellent resource for word lovers...inherently fascinating and an excellent place to look for old chestnuts galore..." Library Journal
The Facts On File Dictionary of Cliches, Third Edition is the largest, most comprehensive, and most entertaining reference of its kind. Featuring hundreds of new cliches, this updated and expanded edition explains the meanings and origins of more than 4,000 cliches and common expressions. Each entry includes the meaning of the cliche or expression, its origin and early uses, its historical development, and its present-day usage. This fully indexed and cross-referenced resource is essential for students, writers, and anyone seeking the gift of gab.
New entries include:
-"Don't go there"
-"Flavor of the month"
-"Not so much"
-"Show me the money"
(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:19:30 -0400)
Drawing from a wide variety of sources, this reference to nearly four thousand clicéhs details the meaning of the clicéh or expression, its source, early uses, and the history of the phrase over time and its level of use in contemporary English.
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