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Brewer's dictionary of phrase & fable (original 1870; edition 1995)

by Adrian Room

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This edition of 'Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase and Fable' has been fully revised and updated and contains entries on a vast range of colloquial words and expressions as well as mythology and folk customs.
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Title:Brewer's dictionary of phrase & fable
Authors:Adrian Room
Info:London: Cassell, 1995. xvii, 1182 p. : ill. ; 24 cm. 15th ed
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Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase & Fable by Ebenezer Cobham Brewer (1870)

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I love this book and reread it periodically. Full of juicy nuggets of information and history as created by imagination. ( )
  Karen74Leigh | Sep 4, 2019 |
The Wordsworth Dictionary of Phrase & Fable explains the origins of the familiar and the unfamiliar in everyday speech and literature, including the colloquial and the proverbial, and embracing archaeology, history, religion, the arts, science, mythology, and characters from fiction. This invaluable dictionary, which revises and updates the original work of Dr Ebenezer Cobham Brewer, encompasses material from all over the English speaking world and cites many equivalents from other European countries. The inclusion of quotations which accompany and illustrate many of the entries adds hugely to the value of this legendary work of reference.
  Cultural_Attache | Jul 29, 2018 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Ebenezer Cobham Brewerprimary authorall editionscalculated
Brewer, Ebenezer Cobhammain authorall editionsconfirmed
Buchanan-Brown, JohnIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Evans, Ivor H.Editorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Gudefin, AlexIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Pratchett, TerryForewordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Room, AdrianEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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