A Dictionary of American Idioms
More than 8,000 idiomatic words and phrases specific to American-style English are presented in this updated A-to-Z dictionary, complete with definitions and sample sentences. Especially useful for TOEFL test-takers and other students in America for whom English is a second language, this book explains and clarifies many of the similes and metaphors that newcomers to Ameri...more
Paperback, 448 pages
Published March 15th 2004 by Barron's Educational Series
(first published 1987)
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I have found this invaluable in helping people who have English as their second language understand things people say that seem 'bizarre' to them. I even recommend this from the perspective that people from different eras and even different parts of the country sometimes stumble across odd phrases or verbiage. I also use it as a reference when creating dialogue.
Aug 25, 2007 Peter O'leary rated it 3 of 5 stars Recommends it for: American wordsmiths
This book is basically ridiculous. It lists idioms that are and/or were supposedly prevalent at some time in America. I've never heard many of them. However, they're pretty fun to try to slip in to conversation. If you like to attempt to introduce memes, this'll give you some good material. Ain't gonna turn your world turtle but it just might raise your rent.
Jul 05, 2010 itsumoAoi rated it 4 of 5 stars · review of another edition
baca buku ini jadi lebih ngerti bahasa-nya film2 Amerika, frase-frase di artikel resmi yang pake style Amerika...dilengkapi dengan fungsi n contoh kalimat untuk tiap entri idiom, misal : frase 'bad mouth' (verb) ~ to deliberately damage one's reputation e.g. It's not nice to bad mouth people