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Catch Phrases, Cliches and Idioms: A Dictionary of Familiar Expressions Paperback – January 25, 2012

ISBN-13: 978-0786467600 ISBN-10: 0786467606 Edition: Reprint

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 238 pages
  • Publisher: McFarland; Reprint edition (January 25, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786467606
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786467600
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,578,139 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Excellent...would be a handy reference on anyone's desk next to the desk dictionary and thesaurus." --Booklist/RBB

"If you ever wanted a list of catch phrases, cliches and idioms in the English language, this collection of about 6000 familiar expressions is it." --Australian Library Review

About the Author

Retired advertising executive Doris Craig lives in Arlington Heights, Illinois.

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A. Craig on July 19, 2007
Format: Hardcover
My Mom wrote this book "back in the day". She's passed on now, but while she was alive she worked 20+ years as an advertising executive for a major ad agency in Chicago (Remember the Alberto VO5 commercials with Rula Lenska? She wrote all those).

I followed a different career path, albeit one that has allowed me to write the occasional journal article, but I'm not a creative writer. That being said, my impression of this book is that it's great for coming up with a catchy phrase that you almost--but can't quite--remember. Something that's "on the tip of your tongue", so to speak ;) (and yes, that would be in the book!)

I remember when Mom wrote this she said it would be good for advertising students, writers, English and literature students, and the like. I agree. And while she worked on this book specifically for several years, in reality she compiled all of these in her mind over a lifetime spent working in the ad business, radio and TV; from the 40's to the 90's, and from Minneapolis to Michigan Avenue. The fruits or her labors would be a worthwhile and useful addition to any writer's reference bookshelf.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Essbee on March 4, 2014
Format: Paperback
Was forced to buy this book back in the late 80s as a college textbook. It's come in handy a few times, but only because in the semester following its purchase I had to hand-write in hundreds of other "definitions" myself that were conspicuously missing. This is a hit-or-miss effort, but at least it looks nicer than the old typewritten, wire-bound book I have. Seriously, though, Craig thought this was a dictionary? Puh-leese.
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