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McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Idioms Dictionary (McGraw-Hill ESL References) Paperback – December 4, 2006

ISBN-13: 978-0071478939 ISBN-10: 9780071478939 Edition: 4th

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Product Details

  • Series: McGraw-Hill ESL References
  • Paperback: 544 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill; 4 edition (December 4, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780071478939
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071478939
  • ASIN: 0071478930
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 1.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #57,757 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Shape up your English with thousands of idioms

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

About the Author

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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Michelle L. Beckham on May 20, 2009
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As an ESL teacher I would rate this very thorough and accurate. Gives the phrase and the meaning to the phrase. The index in the back also helps you locate all phrases using the key words in the phrase.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By suzanne bennett on April 20, 2013
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Little history of usage of phrases; Not organized by subject; inadequate index, difficult to use for research unless you already know the idiom.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 24, 2013
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I am a Middle School teacher and I use this Idioms Dictionary as a reference for my students daily. The definitions are clear and succinct and it is so easy find what you are looking for. It's nice that it works as well for a twelve or thirteen year-old as it does for a well-educated adult.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By DR HOWARD on April 11, 2013
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The key word index is especially helpful. I like that the definitions/explanations give a lot of examples. While it has a large collection of idioms, it did not have some idioms that I looked up. Overall, I would recommend it.
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