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A Dictionary of American Idioms

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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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Alejandro
Aug 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reference-book
High-flier indeed!


IN THE BAG!

I've been a great fan of dictionaries, especially in the era before that thing that you may heard around called "internet".

So, when I was learning about English language, I was always looking for different kind of dictionaries, beyond the regular ones of merely translation, searching for specialized dictionaries like this one that it's about American idioms, that I think it was quite useful since when you're just learning another language and you meet expressions
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Morgan Summerfield
Sep 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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.
Peter O'leary
Aug 25, 2007 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: American wordsmiths
Shelves: reference
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.
Alvis Yu
Some slang is quite interesting, but I found some to be offensive without being attached with a disclaimer 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.
itsumoAoi
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
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Jan 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
I wish it had the history of the idioms, but a handy ref.
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