The Dictionary of Clichés

The Dictionary of Clichés

A Word Lover's Guide to 4,000 Overused Phrases and Almost-pleasing Platitudes

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WW Norton
The definitive guide to everyday clichés, from aces in the hole to words to the wise.
The largest, most comprehensive, and most entertaining reference of its kind, The Dictionary of Clichés features more than four thousand unique clichés and common expressions. Author Christine Ammer explores the phrases and terms that enliven our language and uncovers expressions that have long been considered dead. With each entry, she includes a thorough definition, origin of the term, and an insightful example.

Some of the clichés brought into the limelight include:

• Blood is thicker than water
• Monkey see, monkey do
• Brass tacks
• Burn the midnight oil
• Change of heart
• Moral fiber
• By the book

Whether clichés get under your skin or make you happy as a clam, The Dictionary of Clichés goes the extra mile to provide an essential resource for students, teachers, writers, and anyone with a keen interest in language. And that’s food for thought.


Baker & Taylor
A definitive guide to pat phrased and terms that have enlivened the English language includes a variety of long-unused classic expressions from "happy as a clam" to "monkey see, monkey do" while providing definitions, origins and illustrative usage examples. Original.

Perseus Publishing
The largest, most comprehensive, and most entertaining reference of its kind, The Dictionary of Clichés features more than four thousand unique clichés and common expressions. Author Christine Ammer explores the phrases and terms that enliven our language and uncovers expressions that have long been considered dead. With each entry, she includes a thorough definition, origin of the term, and an insightful example.

Some of the clichés brought into the limelight include:

? Blood is thicker than water
? Monkey see, monkey do
? Brass tacks
? Burn the midnight oil
? Change of heart
? Moral fiber
? By the book

Whether clichés get under your skin or make you happy as a clam, The Dictionary of Clichés goes the extra mile to provide an essential resource for students, teachers, writers, and anyone with a keen interest in language. And that’s food for thought.


Baker
& Taylor

A dictionary of clichâes includes the definition of the term, its origin, and an example of its use in literature.

Publisher: New York :, Skyhorse Publishing,, [2013]
Edition: New edition
Copyright Date: ©2013
ISBN: 9781626360112
Branch Call Number: REF 423.1 AMM 2013
Characteristics: x, 556 pages ;,23 cm.

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