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Oxford Dictionary of Phrase, Saying, & Quotation [Hardcover]

Susan Ratcliffe
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28 Sep 2006
A rich profusion of proverbs, phrases, and quotations, arranged under a wide range of subjects, make this book the ideal place to look for an apt or pithy expression, or to explore the background of an extensive selection of related sayings and phrases. This new edition of an Oxford classic traces the links between treasured sayings in our language, and explains their varied origins. For the first time, Oxford's unique language research has identified proverbs from non-Western languages newly adopted into English, and these are featured joining a cornucopia of well-chosen words from Biblical times to the present day. A full keyword index and generous cross referencing allow the book to function both as a look-up resource and a browser's delight. a firebell in the night. - Phrase from Thomas Jefferson on Danger Do not call a wolf to help you against the dogs. - Russian proverb on Enemies Select a proper site for your garden and half your work is done. - Chinese proverb on Gardens Don't sell the skin till you have caught the bear. - English proverb on Optimism Whoever commands the sea...commands the riches of the world. - Walter Ralegh on The Sea A seed hidden in the heart of an apple is an orchard invisible. - Welsh proverb on Trees The weather is like the Government, always in the wrong. - Jerome K. Jerome on The Weather


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  • Hardcover: 720 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford; 3 edition (28 Sep 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0192806505
  • ISBN-13: 978-0192806505
  • Product Dimensions: 23.9 x 16.4 x 4.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 582,336 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"A smartly updated collection of important expressions....different iterations of the same locution are listed, semantically analyzed as needed, and placed in historical relationship. Such depth of treatment is typical of the book and extremely illuminating for the reader....covers the most important concepts with authority and incorporates a great deal of contemporary material....In short, ODPSQ is authoritative, up-to-date, easy to navigate, and filled with helpful supporting information. It makes an excellent source for both the casual browser and the writer or researcher."--JoanneDespres, Dictionaries: Journal of the Dictionary Society of North America


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Susan Ratcliffe is an Associate Editor for Oxford Quotations Dictionaries, and has previously edited the Concise Oxford Dictionary of Quotations, the Little Oxford Dictionary of Quotations, and Oxford Quotations by Subject.

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3.0 out of 5 stars I was a bit dissapointed in this book. 12 Feb 2014
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For the price it is not as formative as the Oxford Dictionary of Quotations ,this I would recommend to any body especially the student body it in invaluable.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent service 11 Oct 2013
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My order arrived promptly and was well packaged. It stated 'in very good condition' and it could have read excellent condition. Well pleased with this provider and would be happy recommend them.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Many better collections are available. 7 July 1998
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I bought this book by mail hoping that it would be another fascinating book of quotations. Actually, it ranks quite low among the collections available. Look, for example, at "The Penguin Book of Twentieth-Century Quotations," and similar ones edited by John M. Cohen and/or M. J. Cohen. You will not be able to resist browsing through them for a long time. This book is less attractive. What purpose is served by the space devoted to lists of cliches: In cold blood, down memory lane, live and let live, etc.? The quotations are often trite, seldom interesting.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well Organized Quotation Book 20 Sep 2000
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This is very well organized book, the quotations are arranged alphabetically by themes (life, death, love, forgiveness, the old age, past, etc.) and then arranged by index, you can look up any word, eg. Peace, peaceably, peacefully, peace-time). Unlike other quotations book I used before. Topics range this book covers are wide and have more quotations (about 5,000) more than Bartlett Quotation book I own. However this is less bulky and easier to have a reference book on the side
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4.0 out of 5 stars Takes a bit of getting used to . . . 6 Mar 2012
By DoWriteMan - Published on Amazon.com
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. . . but once the search is mastered, a great resource for speech writing and presentations. Particularly like the variety and the division of quotes into categories--Proverbs and Sayings; Phrases and Quotations. Ultimate flexibility when writing because the designations help create context.
5.0 out of 5 stars Glad to have this somewhat rare book 21 Jan 2014
By tom - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a very nice book to have in your collection of aphorisms, sayings, etc. It's an older book but has good quotes and is worth the money.
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