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

the amount takes a clean examine the idiomatic words and sayings that make English the wealthy and interesting language that it's. This significant re-creation comprises entries for over 5000 idioms, together with 350 totally 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 examining software, the largest language examine software on the planet. The entries are supported through a wealth of illustrative quotations from a variety of assets and sessions and the textual content has been completely redesigned in order that it truly is either based and straightforward to take advantage of. somebody attracted to the colourful part of the English language gets hours of enjoyable searching this attention-grabbing and informative quantity.

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