New PDF release: Allen's Dictionary of English Phrases

By Robert Allen

ISBN-10: 0140515119

ISBN-13: 9780140515114

"Allen's Dictionary of English words" is the main entire survey of this sector of the English language ever undertaken. taking up 6000 words, it explains their that means, explores their improvement and provides citations that diversity from the Venerable Bede to Will Self. Crisply and wittily written, this e-book is filled with memorable and extraordinary aspect, even if displaying that 'salad days' comes from Antony and Cleopatra, that 'flavour of the month' originates in Nineteen Forties American ice cream advertising and marketing, or perhaps that we've got been 'calling a spade a spade' because the 16th century. "Allen's Dictionary of English words" is a part of the "Penguin Reference Library" and attracts on over 70 years of expertise in bringing trustworthy, priceless and transparent info to thousands of readers worldwide - making wisdom everybody's estate.

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That temptation has now disappeared. add See add fuel to the fire; add insult to injury. adder See (as) deaf as an adder. admirable the admirable Crichton a person of great abilities or excellence. The original of the name was James Crichton, a 16th cent. Scottish nobleman noted for his scholarship and physical prowess, called ‘the admirable Crichton’ by Sir Thomas Urquhart in The Jewel (1652). It is also the title of a novel by Harrison Ainsworth (1827) and of a play (1902) by J M Barrie about a butler named Crichton who assumes responsibility when the household is shipwrecked (filmed in the UK in 1918 and 1957).

Early 20th cent. abdabs give somebody the (screaming) abdabs informal to make somebody feel extremely agitated or irritated: abdabs (or habdabs) is a fanciful word of elusive origin, or more likely of no origin at all, being plain invention. Late 20th cent. about know what one is about informal to be well aware of what one is doing or what is happening and its implications. that’s about it an expression of relief or satisfaction at the conclusion of a task or discussion. The notion is that everything has been done or considered, although there is often the implication that more might have been done, given the opportunity.

Robert Allen lives in Edinburgh. ) Penguin Ireland, 25 St Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2, Ireland (a division of Penguin Books Ltd) Penguin Group (Australia), 250 Camberwell Road, Camberwell, Victoria 3124, Australia (a division of Pearson Australia Group Pty Ltd) Penguin Books India Pvt Ltd, 11 Community Centre, Panchsheel Park, New Delhi – 110 017, India Penguin Group (NZ), 67 Apollo Drive, Rosedale, North Shore 0632, New Zealand (a division of Pearson New Zealand Ltd) Penguin Books (South Africa) (Pty) Ltd, 24 Sturdee Avenue, Rosebank, Johannesburg 2196, South Africa Penguin Books Ltd, Registered Offices: 80 Strand, London WC2R 0RL, England First published 2006 Published in paperback with updates 2008 1 Copyright © Robert Allen, 2006, 2008 All rights reserved The author and publishers would like to thank Anne Seaton for her contribution to the research work for this project.

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