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Cliches: Over 1500 Phrases Explored and Explained

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Betty Kirkpatrick has complied and exhaustive dictionary--a must for writers, crossword puzzle buffs, and anyone who is intrigued by language.

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Let the cat out of the bag is an idiom cliche meaning to reveal a secret. In origin it refers allegedly to a fairground tick by which traders sold unwary buyers a cat in a bag, assuring them it was a pig. T...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published January 15th 1999 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published 1997)
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Jennifer Patrick
I love knowing the meaning behind trite cliches. The author used the word "hackneyed" WAY too much for my liking.
Steven Spector
Not only a great reference work, but one that makes you think about what you say and when you say it. How do you like them apples?
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