By Robert Allen
"Allen's Dictionary of English words" is the main accomplished survey of this sector of the English language ever undertaken. taking up 6000 words, it explains their which means, explores their improvement and provides citations that diversity from the Venerable Bede to Will Self. Crisply and wittily written, this booklet is choked with memorable and fantastic aspect, even if exhibiting that 'salad days' comes from Antony and Cleopatra, that 'flavour of the month' originates in Nineteen Forties American ice cream advertising, or perhaps that we have 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, precious and transparent details to thousands of readers around the globe - making wisdom everybody's estate.
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The moral right of the author has been asserted Except in the United States of America, this book is sold subject to the condition that it shall not, by way of trade or otherwise, be lent, re-sold, hired out, or otherwise circulated without the publisher’s prior consent in any form of binding or cover other than that in which it is published and without a similar condition including this condition being imposed on the subsequent purchaser 978-0-14-191768-9 For Alison Contents Preface Introduction Layout of entries Allen’s Dictionary of English Phrases Preface This book is intended to fill a major gap in the record of the English language.
J H Ingraham The Gipsy of the Highlands 1843 Paul’s intimacy with Duncan Powell, had early initiated him into the first steps of dissipation; and, by bringing him into the social circle of young men, whom his humble condition would prevent him from afterwards associating with, inspired him with ideas above himself and his circumstances, which would prevent him from engaging, with proper feelings, in the pursuit for which his mother designed him. Kipling From Sea to Sea 1900 I have seen more decent men above or below themselves with drink, than I care to think about.
Mid 20th cent. Mario Puzo The Godfather 1969 The author… came west on Johnny’s invitation, to talk it over without agents or studios getting into the act. clean up one’s act to stop behaving badly or irresponsibly and start to act in a more acceptable or proper way. Late 20th cent. Daily Mirror 1992 A judge ordered him to clean up his act by watching Gary Lineker videos. do a disappearing/vanishing act to leave a place suddenly without leaving information about one’s whereabouts: usually in the context of dishonest or underhand activities.