The Oxford Dictionary of English Idioms takes a look at over 6,000 idiomatic phrases and sayings found in the English language. These include a range of recently established idioms such as the elephant in the corner, go figure, like a rat up a drainpipe, sex on legs, step up to the plate, too posh to push, a walk in the park, win ugly.
Inside you'll also find great number of cross-references, alongside hundreds of illustrative quotations, both modern and historical, to offer readers a clear idea of how the phrases can be used. Extra features offer fascinating additional information for many entries, drawn from the latest findings of Oxford's language monitoring program. Many entries include additional features which give more detailed background on the idiom in question.
"Anyone who is addicted to the richness of the English language or simply intrigued by the origin and meaning of an idiom like 'teach your grandmother to suck eggs' will relish this work"--Library Journal
Also includes advanced search tools and features that have become the staple of quality Oxford reference apps from MobiSystems.
A SEARCH TOOL
featuring search autocomplete to help you find words quickly by displaying predictions similar to the terms you're typing. You also get enhanced search extras including:
- A 'fuzzy filter' for when you are not sure of the correct spelling of a word.
- A 'keyword' search for finding key words within compound words.
- A wild card search function ('*' or '?') which can replace a letter or entire parts of a word.
A LEARNING TOOL
including a number of features that help you further enhance your vocabulary:
- A 'Favorites' feature to create custom folders with lists of words from the extensive library, including cross-curriculum words.
- History list to help you easily review looked-up words.
- See words in context with example sentences.