Some sample entries:
TO BE STILL WET BEHIND THE EARS
To be naïve, inexperienced. `He will be no match for them; he is still wet behind the ears.' The phrase has its origin in children's neglect to dry themselves behind the ears.
TO GO DOWN WITH THE SHIP
To stay at one's post until the bitter end. There was a tradition that the captain should go down with his ship. When the Titanic sank (1912), both the captain and designer went down with the ship, although they were offered places in the life-boats. In modern times, the rule has been relaxed, and the captain is expected to be the last to leave the ship.
A WOLF IN SHEEP'S CLOTHING
Someone who looks respectable and harmless but whose behaviour is quite the opposite. `Young children have to be aware of strangers who are kind and generous but could turn out to be wolves in sheep's clothing, such as paedophiles.' Also used with reference to trees, plants, food, etc. `Golden Rain is a magnificent-looking tree but it is like a wolf in sheep's clothing - the seeds are extremely poisonous.'
Unless you are studying English as a foreign language you will find this far too basic. Indeed many of the entries are hardly idioms at all because they logically mean what they... Read morePublished 14 months ago by M. J. New
Very formal dictionary of idioms rather than origins (i was seeking the latter). Nevertheless, i bought it as a gift and one for myself - cant say i read it a lot but it was fun... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Immyl