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Dictionary of Everyday Idioms Martin H. Manser

Dictionary of Everyday Idioms

Martin H. Manser

Published 1992
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Hardcover
219 pages
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Any idiom, whatever type it is, is deceptive. Its real meaning is not quite what it appears to be on the surface. Only a seconds thought is enough to make us wonder why to pull someones leg should mean to make gentle fun of. Most speech idiomsMoreAny idiom, whatever type it is, is deceptive. Its real meaning is not quite what it appears to be on the surface. Only a seconds thought is enough to make us wonder why to pull someones leg should mean to make gentle fun of. Most speech idioms used in typical English conversations do not provide such an opaque connection between the surface sense of the words and their real meaning as in this example, but they are perhaps all the more dangerous to handle correctly through being so innocuous. In this book, you will find the senses of each entry finely discriminated, clear definitions, examples illustrating typical contexts of use, and notes on particular difficulties. In addition, the index brings an additional benefit and is a unique feature among books on idioms - by consulting the list of subjects, the user is referred to appropriate phrases.