American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms, Second Edition

ISBN-10: 0547676581

ISBN-13: 9780547676586

Edition: 2nd 2012

Authors: Christine Ammer

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Bite the bullet, make no bones about it, take the cake.Expressions like these abound in English, yet they can’t be understood literally based solely on the meanings of the words they’re made up of. TheAmerican Heritage® Dictionary of Idiomsis a detailed exploration of these and other idiomatic expressions, including phrasal verbs such askick back,proverbs such astoo many cooks spoil the broth,interjections such astough beans,and figures of speech such asdark horseandpush up daisies.Among the surprises in store as readers peruse the pages of this book are the fact that the seemingly modern termperson of coloractually dates from the late 1700s; thatmutual admiration societywas coined by Henry David Thoreau; that in 18th-century Britainbirthday suitreferred to the clothes one wore on the king’s birthday; and that the origins ofon the up-and-up,put the kibosh on,andthe whole nine yardsare unknown. The first edition of theAmerican Heritage® Dictionary of Idiomswas notable not only for its wealth of information but also for the perceptiveness and wit with which it provided cultural and historical context to its definitions. Now, fifteen years after the publication of that first edition, author Christine Ammer has extensively revised and expanded her original text to keep up both with historical scholarship and with ongoing changes in the English language. The result is an up-to-date dictionary that defines over 10,000 idiomatic expressions in greater detail than any other dictionary available today.
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Book details

List price: $15.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company
Publication date: 2/26/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 512
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.496
Language: English

Born in White Sulphur Springs, Mont. in 1939, Doig grew up along the Rocky Mountain Front where many of his stories are set. A writer of fiction and non-fiction, he has worked as a ranch hand, newspaper man, and a magazine editor. He obtained bachelor's and master's degrees in journalism from Northwestern University, a Ph.D. in history from University of Washington, and holds honorary doctorates at Montana State University and Lewis and Clark College. His non-fiction works include This House of Sky (a National Book Award finalist in 1978), Winter Brothers (1980), and Heart Earth (1993). Fiction titles include English Creek (1984), Dancing at the Rascal Fair (1987), and Bucking the Sun.Christine Ammer is the author of more than three dozen reference books, on subjects ranging from classical music to women's health. Her books on words and phrases include "Facts on File Dictionary of Cliches; Seeing Red or Tickled Pink; Fighting Words from War, Rebellion, and Other Combative Capers; Southpaws and Sunday Punches; Cool Cats and Top Dogs;" and" Fruitcakes and Couch Potatoes. "She lives in Lexington, Massachusetts.

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