By Robert Allen
"Allen's Dictionary of English words" is the main accomplished survey of this zone of the English language ever undertaken. taking on 6000 words, it explains their that means, explores their improvement and provides citations that diversity from the Venerable Bede to Will Self. Crisply and wittily written, this ebook is choked with memorable and amazing aspect, even if displaying that 'salad days' comes from Antony and Cleopatra, that 'flavour of the month' originates in Nineteen Forties American ice cream advertising and marketing, or maybe that we've got been 'calling a spade a spade' because the 16th century. "Allen's Dictionary of English words" is a part of the "Penguin Reference Library" and attracts on over 70 years of expertise in bringing trustworthy, necessary and transparent details to thousands of readers world wide - making wisdom everybody's estate.
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From A to Z from beginning to end; in every detail; over the whole range. g. Wines and Liqueurs from A to Z, but this use is now dated. 19th cent. Jane Austen Persuasion 1818 This very awkward history of Mr. Elliot, was still, after an interval of several years, felt with anger by Elizabeth, who had liked the man for himself, and still more for being her father’s heir, and whose strong family pride could see only in him, a proper match for Sir Walter Elliot’s eldest daughter. There was not a baronet from A to Z, whom her feelings could have so willingly acknowledged as an equal.
Adrift cast/cut/turn somebody adrift to desert or abandon somebody: the image is of a boat drifting helplessly out to sea. 19th cent. Julian Barnes Flaubert’s Parrot 1985 He had a passion for the dreamy knight cast adrift in a vulgar, materialist society. advantage have the advantage of/over somebody to be aware of something about another person that can be used to embarrass or compromise them. 17th cent. Sheridan The Rivals 1775 Really, Sir, You have the advantage of me. I don’t remember ever to have had the honour.
Phrases are based on imagination, and are subject to extensive free realization. The modern phrase a sandwich short of a picnic, for example, meaning ‘stupid or crazy’, has been modified in all sorts of ways (beyond what can be listed in the entry) both within and outside its original image domain:two sandwiches short of a picnic, two slices short of a toast rack, a few pickles short of a jar, one card short of a full deck, one side short of a pentagon, and (with a nod to the surreal) one tree short of a hammock.
Allen's Dictionary of English Phrases by Robert Allen