"This sort of book has two purposes. The first is to be a work of reference ... The second is to entertain ... Linda and Roger Flavell are discerning in their choice of phrase and assiduous in uncovering their origins." -- Times Literary Supplement
From the Publisher
The English language contains a rich store of idioms that can be used in creative and forceful ways. The Dictionary of Idioms and Their Origins
examines over 400 such phrases, tracing each one¹s source and history through the chronological use of examples. While maintaining scholarly accuracy, the authors inspire the reader with their love and enthusiasm for the curiosities of the English language. Linda and Roger Flavell¹s books include The Chronology of Words and Phrases, Dictionary of Word Origins
, and Dictionary of Proverbs and Their Origins
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