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A Word in Your Shell-Like: 6,000 Curious and Everyday Phrases Explained Hardcover – 6 Sep 2004

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  • Hardcover: 640 pages
  • Publisher: Collins; First Edition edition (6 Sept. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 000715593X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007155934
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 6.4 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,047,375 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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‘a treasury of stimulating excursions and digressions in the English Language’

Ian Mayes, The Guardian, 2nd Oct. ‘04

‘There’s a lot of fascinating material here and the larger part of the book is unexceptionable, with much interesting information.’

Michael Quinion, World Wide Words, 2nd Oct. ‘04

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A modern, entertaining guide to the wonderful world of phrases, familiar and unfamiliar, by one of the world's best-known wordsmiths.

Unravel the meaning, origin and usage of over 6,000 phrases forom catchphrases, book and film titles, idioms, cliches, to nicknames, slogans and quotations.

Few other word reference books are likely to increase your store of knowledge with such fun.

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