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The American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms, Second Edition 2nd Edition

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About the Author

Christine Ammer is the author of more than three dozen reference books, on subjects ranging from classical music to women's health. Her books on words and phrases include Facts on File Dictionary of Clichés; Seeing Red or Tickled Pink; Fighting Words from War, Rebellion, and Other Combative Capers; Southpaws and Sunday Punches; Cool Cats and Top Dogs; and Fruitcakes and Couch Potatoes. She lives in Lexington, Massachusetts.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; 2 edition (February 26, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0547676581
  • ISBN-13: 978-0547676586
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #372,204 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Not as complete as the McGraw-Hill American Idioms dictionary. It lacks the key word index that the McGraw-Hill book has. The definitions/explanations are OK. If I had to choose one, I would choose McGraw-Hill.
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The Kindle version is completely useless. It cannot be set as a Kindle dictionary, so it is impossible to search it from within another book. Opening the "dictionary" as a book in its own right on the Kindle also does not seem to allow for internal searching. Therefore, to find anything in it, you would have to manually navigate to the entry, and, if you have an actual Kindle device, you would know how incredibly difficult, time-consuming, and frustrating that would be. I feel cheated.f
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We planned an evening with food, wine and idioms, planning to enjoy looking up the origins of common idioms. There were virtually none of the ones we considered most common and interesting in the book. For example, saying something is "not worth Jack" or "Jack s__t". There were numerous other examples but the bottom line is there are a very few selected idioms from a whole world of idioms, often with limited provenance provided.
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I purchased this book as a supplement to my dictionaries and other reference works, thinking that it would be a comprehensive listing of idiomatic expressions (I am a professional editor and writer). Sadly, this waste of paper is not even close to being comprehensive. Of the first 20 or 30 idiomatic expressions I tried to look up, at least half were not even listed, and others were woefully incomplete or inaccurate. Once I discovered this, I did some random searching to see just how badly written, researched, and edited this worthless book really is, and came up with a few choice samples. For example, the phrase "cut me some slack [cut some slack, cut them some slack, etc.]" was missing in any form. The colorful phrase "f*** a duck" was nowhere to be found, and the definition for "eat out" was to eat at a restaurant (there are other more profane definitions for this phrase that should have been included in a reference book regardless of their appropriateness in formal writing—after all, this is a book of idioms, not of standard English). These are but a few of the examples I found (or should I say, that I could not find?).

All in all, don't waste your money. This book is absolutely worthless as a source of material—the publisher should pay customers to take it, as it is inaccurate, incomplete, and outdated (despite being a relatively new revision).
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This is a fine book, but not exactly what I was looking for. It describes the idioms, but doesn't give enough explanation of the HISTORY of how they became idioms, which is what I was looking for. But it is a fascinating book nonetheless.
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I purchased this tool for my 12 year old daughter to use. She has trouble reading between the lines and often misses the intention in certain turns of phrase as she's reading. This is a perfect solution for her and it gives clear concise information to readers of all ages. We had fun just looking up sayings to see what it said.
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An excellent dictionary which has helped me understand some of the more colloquial, provincial of my neighbors.
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This book lists many common (and many uncommon as well!) idioms, plus the dates when they came into usage. That is very useful if writing a period piece! You wouldn't want to write a story set in the '50s and have an '80s or '90s idiom sneaking in!
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