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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford; 2 edition (10 Nov 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0198610556
  • ISBN-13: 978-0198610557
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 2.3 x 12.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By george on 10 Aug 2013
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Very helpful to elucidate the meaning of several expressions used in every day life, not always with the meaning it is intended to convey!
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By souhila on 5 Sep 2013
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I received the item on time. .the dictionary was new and exactly as described,very good resource for someone learning English.language.
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This actually came from a library in Cleveland, Ohio but I don't think it had ever been read. It is mkore up to date than the edition I already had.
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7 of 13 people found the following review helpful By S. Duncan TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 18 Jan 2009
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This is amusing to read, presumably aimed at non-native English speakers, but is not totally accurate and tends to be misleading.
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Overview of British English Idioms, With Origins 20 Nov 2007
By mziemba3 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Drawing on the reputation of Oxford, this authoritative dictionary surveys a English idioms with a British tilt, limiting its usefulness as an American English reference but offering many phrase origins.

This idiom dictionary only lists 5,000-plus entries, a limited scope made smaller for Americans or those studying American English because of the book's emphasis on British English. The dictionary assumes a more convenient trade paperback size, but its shortness makes it less reliable as a reference.

A smaller number of entries allows more room to share notes on the origins of idioms, however. This helps enhance the reader's understanding and retention of the idioms.

The authority and brevity of this idiom dictionary make it more useful to those who already speak English and are looking for a handy reference to satisfy mild curiosity. Students of English as a second language and communications professionals looking for a more complete reference should look elsewhere.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Not as Good as American Heritage 8 April 2012
By Ohioan - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm not qualified to analyze whether this book is helpful to people who are learning English as a second language. But I have used many different idioms dictionaries, and this one, while not bad, is weak in the number of entries and in the shortness of the explanations of meaning, although I do find the little boxed features on origins very helpful. It's hard to know whether to rate this as 4 stars or 3. Ultimately I'd give it a 3.5 star rating if that were possible.
Time waster 24 Feb 2013
By Don M. Moore - Published on Amazon.com
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When I type in an idiom, even a common one, I am given dozens of locations to check out, and usually the idiom is not to be found in any of the offers. Apparently the system is not set up to dig up entries, but if the combination of words within the idiom are to be found in one or two adjacent sentences no matter the sequence, the location will be given as one I should check out. Given 6 at a time, it takes a considerable amount of time to go through 172 possibliities, only to find that none of them is the idiom, but merely a coincidental inclusion of all the words of the idiom within two adjacent, but disrelated sentences. Only once did the idiom I was looking for turn up, and it is a Canadian idiom I have not found in most other idioms dictionaries. That's what rated the two stars instead of none!
The Oxford Dictionary of Idioms 9 Feb 2009
By KPRP - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I think this title is a good starter for persons learning a new language. The English language is quite complex and this paperback may help to ease this pain.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Plenty of better idiom dictionaries out there 1 Jan 2010
By Todd Hagopian - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
If you are trying to learn the U.S. language, idioms, and slang, then there are better options out there for you. Try any of the other major dictionaries and they will work better for you. This one is written more for British-Americans and does not really teach you what you are looking for if you are buying for the purpose of learning about the English language. I hope that is helpful.

Have Fun!

Todd Hagopian
President/CEO
Hagopian Institute
Author of the popular "Quote Junkie" book sereies and the brand new "Idiom Junkie" series
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