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The aim of the Oxford Dictionary of Idioms is to provide clear definitions of phrases offer the curious reader interesting facts about the origins of phrases and. Oxford Dictionary of Idioms takes a fresh look at the idiomatic phrases and sayings that make English the rich and intriguing language that it is. • Contains over. are soon parted This idiom means that people who aren't careful with their New Microsoft Word Document Oxford Dictionary of Idioms, 2e ().

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by Clays Ltd. Contents Preface vii Dictionary of Idioms 1 Index Preface The aim of the Oxford Dictionary of Idioms is to provide clear definitions of phrases. English. Idioms in. Use. 60 units of vocabulary reference and practice. Self-study and . Look up the idioms in these sentences in your dictionary. What word is. Oxford. Phrasal Verbs. Dictionary for learners of English. OXFORD. UNIVERSITY . describes verb, expressions, spellings and pronunciations used in .. These rneaningr can also help you understand the idiomatic uses of the verb plus.

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All Contents Entries. The label colloquial means that a phrase is used in ordinary speech and informal writing but not in more formal contexts.

Slang generally refers to phrases that are appropriate only to very informal contexts or are used in irreverent humor. Vulgar slang indicates that a phrase is generally considered offensive.

The absence of such a label indicates that a term is considered standard English. Note that these labels are bound to change, as are the idioms themselves. What is slang today may be standard English tomorrow. Furthermore, what is common usage for a time may die out in this book indicated as obsolescent or it may change its meaning, as the idiom beg the question may be doing.

White put it, "The living language is like a cowpath; it is the creation of the cows themselves, who, having created it, follow it or depart from it according to their whims or their needs. From daily use, the path undergoes change.

For many entries the date when the expression was invented or first used appears within brackets. These dates are often approximate because in many cases a phrase has been used for some time in speech before being recorded in writing.

In some cases, as when the expression first appeared in the work of a well-known writer, the precise date and location of its first recorded use are given. Within brackets the abbreviation c.

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Quotations Unless otherwise specified, biblical quotations are from the King James translation of To avoid the difficulties posed to some readers by the English of earlier writers such as Chaucer, many quotations have had their spelling normalized, and some have been rendered into Modern English. A hand. For example, All members must agree to abide by the club regulations, or A trustworthy man abides by his word.

An older sense of the verb abide, "remain," is still familiar in the well-known 19th-century hymn "Abide with Me," which asks God to stay with the singer in time of trouble.

A small amount of anything; also, a short period of time. For example, Here's a bit of wrapping paper, or It'll be ready in a bit, or Just wait a bit.

Somewhat or rather, as in It stings a bit, or Will you have a bit more to eat? Thus, It's about time you went to bed can mean either that you should have gone to bed much earlier often stated with emphasis on the word time , or that now is the appropriate time for you to retire.

Ready to, on the verge of, as in I was about to leave when it began to rain, or He hasn't finished yet but he's about to. This usage was first recorded in Miles Coverdale's translation of the Bible Joshua Having no intention of doing something, as in The shop steward was not about to cross the picket line, or Are you staying longer?? No, I'm not about to.

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This phrase first appears in William Langland's Piers Ploughman , in which the narrator exhorts readers to love the Lord God above all. This somewhat redundant expression? MobiSystems See more.

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Learn English Phrasal Verbs with example. Play Quizzes on Phrasal Verbs English.This major new edition contains entries for over 6, idioms, including entirely new entries, based on Oxford's language monitoring and the ongoing third edition of the Oxford English Dictionary.

A lot of actors and actresses tell each other to "break a leg" as they are about to goon stage to perform it is deemed to be good luck. Thus Putting in overtime without pay is above and beyond the call of duty.

Some idioms, such as by hook or crook, use familiar words in obscure ways. A47 '.

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