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Essential American Idioms Dictionary

 
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McGraw-Hill's Essential American Idioms Dictionary

The Up-to-Date Guide to the Idioms of Modern American English

Whether you are a learner of English who is having difficulty understanding expressions in everyday speech or a native speaker who wants to expand your written or spoken range, you need a comprehensive reference for idioms, common phrases, and sayings of American English.

McGraw-Hill's American Idioms Dictionary shows you the ropes of English and helps you:
* Expand your English-speaking abilities with these 14,000-plus expressions, proverbs, and common sayings, listed alphabetically
* Use American idioms correctly by following the many helpful examples
* Easily find the right phrase by one of its key words

Some examples of the colorful English language, as spoken by Americans:

at peace relaxed and happy
every trick in the book every deceptive method known
Johnny-on-the-spot someone who is in the right place at the right time
make a killing to have a great success, especially in making money
nine-to-five job a job with normal daytime hours
scream bloody murder to complain bitterly
take a powder to leave; to leave town

Table of contents
Preface
Terms and Symbols
About this Dictionary
Dictionary
Phrase-Finder Index
Thematic Index
Appendix

Biographical note
Richard A. Spears, Ph.D., was a professor of linguistics at Northwestern University before he turned to editorial work. He has written more than 150 books and articles on various aspects of language. His main interest is in phrasal dictionaries and references designed for language learners.

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