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Oxford Dictionary of Proverbs (Oxford Paperback Reference) Hardcover – 30 Oct 2003


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  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 4th Revised edition edition (30 Oct. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0198605242
  • ISBN-13: 978-0198605249
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 4.1 x 14.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,481,070 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Jennifer Speake is a freelance writer. She is the editor of the Oxford Dictionary of Foreign Words and Phrases (1997) and of the Oxford Dictionary of Idioms (1999).

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Wayne Redhart TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 5 April 2008
Format: Paperback
First things first, this is not a cookery book! My wife Doreen picked this up assuming it to be about eggs, proving that you should never judge a book by its cover. I was absolutely furious about her mistake at first. Failure may be a stepping stone to success but when it comes to my views on the dish that she prepared, discretion would be the better part of valour. Aside from imparting the knowledge that you cannot proceed without breaking eggs, I am sorry to say that this book left her completely in the dark about how to prepare an omelette.

Still, you win some and you lose some. In the end I realised that I had been making a mountain out of a molehill. Every cloud has a silver lining and her purchase of this book proved to be a blessing in disguise. It is most fortunate that I chose not to look a gift horse in the mouth, because this is an extremely good read. You will not find a more thorough volume of proverbs, for Speake left no stone unturned when carrying out her research. The introduction states that over two years of intensive work went into producing this volume, but Rome wasn't built in a day!

When I was a lad, my own father was rather big on his proverbs. "Neither a borrower nor a lender be" was by far and away his favourite and he never tired of reciting it to anyone within earshot. Eventually this came back to haunt him however, when our own family fell tremendously into debt (not that this prevented the old stick in the mud from pestering people with the phrase every bit as frequently). Indeed, times were hard after my father was sacked from his position as a mortgage salesman, for persistent failure to meet with official targets.
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By Telaja on 2 Dec. 2013
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To pass the time when I'm relaxing I pick this book and brush up on my proverbs. It's a good book you would love as well.
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By george on 10 Aug. 2013
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It helped me a lot more than I thought of initially. I wish I had plenty of spare time to learn every detail of it...
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 1 Mar. 2009
Format: Paperback
This book wasn't what I thought it was and wasn't a very interesting read. I thought it explained different proverbs but it doesn't, so not what I wanted.
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