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A Dictionary of American Idioms
Indicates the variant forms, parts of speech, definitions, and usage of the illustrative sentences for more than eight thousand commonly used idioms, including proverbs, cliches, and slang expressions.
Paperback, 395 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 21, 2014 Alvis You rated it 3 of 5 stars · review of another edition
Some slang is quite interesting, but I found some to be offensive without being tagged or warned whatsoever. For example, "for a coon's age" meaning "for a long time" is covered among other slang expressions in the book. However, I was told by an African-American friend of mine that the word "coon" is offensive and is better avoided.
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