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  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Kyle Cathie; Revised edition edition (2 Mar. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1856266648
  • ISBN-13: 978-1856266642
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.8 x 20 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 15,535 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Linda and Roger Flavell have been studying the oddities of English for over 25 years. Linda has a degree in modern languages and subsequent qualifications in secondary and primary teaching. Roger has many years of experience working for London University's Institute of Education, concerned latterly with education and international development, and with online education. He is now an educational consultant. Linda and Roger Flavell's other books for Kyle Cathie are A Dictionary of English Down the Ages, Dictionary of Word Origins and Dictionary of Proverbs.


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There's some awfully twaddle books on idioms about so finding this was delightful. It's readable, interesting and (so far as I can tell) accurate. I cannot recommend it highly enough.
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I am always wodering where idioms come from and now I have the answer. I am always dipping into this book.
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For someone with a foreign in-law 'Dictionary of Idioms' is a must!

It's bad enough trying to explain simple English, but a 'lost cause' trying to explain our idiomatic speech-without the help of such a book. When 'the penny drops' on the quaint meanings behind idiomatic speech, much laughter as well as knowledge is generated.

B. Hewson
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Bought this as a christmas gift for my mum. I wasn't sure how it would go down but she absolutely loved it! Said it was one of her favorite gifts! She loves looking up where sayings come from and why. My grandparents loved it to so may be buying it for them too!
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I teach English and this book is a useful resource. well researched and written. The presentation is also good though at times it should stop when it has made its point and leave out a little of the extra history when it ceases to be relevant to meaning.
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The book arrived very promptly and is a joy to read, explaining the origins of all those phrases that you hear and use but don't know their origins. Fascinating and highly recommended.
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A very usefull book for those who interested in idioms. Is is accompanied by interested essays inserted in the book.
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Take this book to my literary gathering - it is so interesting
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