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English Idioms - Oxford Dictionary
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Powered by Handmark, The Oxford Dictionary of English Idioms offers a fresh look at the idiomatic phrases and sayings that make English the rich language that it is. The third edition contains entries for over 6,000 idioms, including 700 entirely new entries, based on Oxford's language monitoring programs and the third edition of the Oxford English Dictionary. These include a range of idioms such as "the elephant in the corner," "go figure," "step up to the plate," "a walk in the park," and "win ugly." Many entries include more detailed background on the idiom in question. For example, did you know that 'taken aback' was adopted from nautical terminology that described a ship unable to move forward because of a strong headwind pressing its sails back against the mast?
The app lists national variants, so we learn that while in America they say "all over the map," in Britain they say "all over the shop." This edition also features a greatly increased number of cross-references, making it ideal for quick reference. Anyone interested in the colorful side of the English language will have hours of fun browsing this fascinating and informative volume.
+ Contains over 6,000 idioms from all over the English-speaking world
+ Hundreds of illustrative quotations, both modern and historical, offer readers a clear idea of how the phrases can be used
+ Extra features offer fascinating additional information for many entries
+ Accessible and elegant design that makes the text easy to navigate, including a much increased number of cross-references, ideal for quick reference
+ The book draws on the latest findings of Oxford's language monitoring program, the largest dictionary research program in the world
+ A clear and concise introduction written by the editor, explaining and summarizing the key features of idioms
+ No wireless connection required
+ Buy one application and use it on your iPhone or iPad, optimized for both devices!
+ Sounds-like to help find those difficult to spell words.
+ Share entries via email, Facebook and Twitter
+ Tag words with bookmarks or custom tags for easy retrieval.