Do you know that 'flavor of the month' originated in a campaign in American ice-cream parlors within the Nineteen Forties, while a specific style will be particularly promoted for a month at a time? And were you aware that 'off the cuff' refers back to the fairly messy perform of writing impromptu notes on one's blouse cuff prior to conversing in public? those and many extra idioms are defined and placed into context during this moment version of the Oxford Dictionary of Idioms.

the quantity takes a clean examine the idiomatic words and sayings that make English the wealthy and fascinating language that it truly is. This significant re-creation includes entries for over 5000 idioms, together with 350 fullyyt new entries and over 500 new quotations.

The textual content has been up-to-date to incorporate many new idioms utilizing the findings of the Oxford English analyzing software, the most important language examine software on this planet. The entries are supported via a wealth of illustrative quotations from a variety of resources and sessions and the textual content has been solely redesigned in order that it really is either based and straightforward to take advantage of. someone attracted to the colourful facet of the English language gets hours of enjoyable shopping this interesting and informative quantity.

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O . . . 1971 Bessie Head Maru It used to be a marriage to finish all weddings. enemy be your individual worst enemy act opposite for your personal pursuits; be self­ harmful. 1993 Richard lowe & William Shaw travelers We confident ourselves that every thing was once opposed to us however the fact was once we have been most likely our personal worst enemies. public enemy no 1: see PUBLIC. Englishman an Englishman's house is his fortress an English person's house is a spot the place they could do as they please and from which they might exclude a person they decide on. British proverb sufficient sufficient is pretty much as good as a ceremonial dinner moderation is extra pleasing than extra. proverb sufficient is adequate not more might be tolerated. 1 997 Earthmatters until we are saying 'enough is adequate' and begin to take habitat safety heavily, the way forward for the world's flora and fauna is in jeopardy. sufficient acknowledged there is not any have to say extra; all is known. sufficient to make a cat laug h : see CAT. envelope push the envelope (or the sting of the envelope) method or expand the boundaries of what's attainable. casual This expression was once initially aviation slang and with regards to graphs of aerodynamic functionality on which the envelope is the boundary line representing an aircraft's functions. .. .. . ... . . .. . .. ..... ...... . . .. . ........... ...... . ............ . .. . . . ... .. . .. . ... ..... .. o . . . . 1993 Albuquerque those are tremendous witty and smart tales that regularly push the envelope of television comedy. epater epater les bou rgeois surprise those that have attitudes or perspectives considered as traditional or complacent. The French word is mostly utilized in English, there being no distinct English an identical. '11 faut epater I e bourgeois' ('one needs to astonish the bourgeois') was once a remark attributed to the French poet and critic Charles Baudelaire . .................. . .......... . . ... . . . ....... .... .. . . .... . . . . ..... . ...... ..... o . . . . . . . .. .. . . 1995 occasions since it takes greater than a urinal to epater les bourgeois now, the genuine issues that are being hauled into galleries develop ever extra provocative: turds, frozen foetuses and used sanitary towels. equivalent first between equals the individual or factor having the top prestige in a bunch. . .. : ···o·· Thi�·��� ;���i�·�·i·�·�·�·;� ��i�� i�·� ·�f�h�· L�� i� � � word primus inter pares, that is extensively utilized � � .. . ��. . �. ��. I. i. ��. : .................................................................. � different (or all) issues being equivalent only if different elements or situations stay an identical. 1996 E. D. Hirsch Jr. faculties we want different issues being equivalent, scholars from good-home faculties will continually have an academic virtue over scholars from less-good-home colleges. err err at the correct part act in order that the main most likely mistake to be made is the least destructive one. err at the aspect of act with a exact bias in the direction of whatever. 1999 Nature Der Sundefall's message may well err at the part of alarmism, however it definitely is an effective learn. to err is human, to forgive divine it truly is human nature to make error your self whereas discovering it not easy to forgive others.

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