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By Robert Allen

ISBN-10: 0140515119

ISBN-13: 9780140515114

"Allen's Dictionary of English words" is the main finished survey of this zone of the English language ever undertaken. taking up 6000 words, it explains their that means, explores their improvement and offers citations that diversity from the Venerable Bede to Will Self. Crisply and wittily written, this ebook is jam-packed with memorable and incredible element, 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 now 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 info to hundreds of thousands of readers around the globe - making wisdom everybody's estate.

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Nothing but it,’ said Mr. Roker. ’ ‘He must be a first-rater,’ said Sam. ‘A 1,’ replied Mr. Roker. from A to B from one place to another, representing a whole journey from the starting-point (A) to the destination (B). Occasionally used figuratively about lengthy tasks and ventures that are compared to journeys. 18th cent. T Mathias The Pursuits of Literature 1798 Be regular: from A to B proceed; I hate your zig-zag verse, and wanton heed. from A to Z from beginning to end; in every detail; over the whole range.

Mid 20th cent. Monica Dickens Happy Prisoner 1946 This girl’s not naturally like that. She’s putting on an act. See also act one’s age; act the goat; a class act; play/act the fool; read the RIOT act. action actions speak louder than words (proverb) it’s what people do that matters, not what they say they will do. 17th cent. Hannah Foster The Coquette 1797 I go on finely with my amour. I have every encouragement that I could wish. Indeed my fair one does not verbally declare in my favor; but then, according to the vulgar proverb, that actions speak louder than words, I have no reason to complain.

Anna Cora Ritchie Armand 1855 Ah! you touch us nearly when you talk of her! Our love for the ‘illusive sex’ – for such we deem them – is our Achilles’ heel – our vulnerable point! acid Francis Bacon, in his natural history miscellany Sylva Sylvarum (1627), described sorrel as ‘a cold and acid herb’, an adjectival use of acid that predates the noun. The chemical meaning is first recorded in Phillips’ Dictionary of 1696 but it does not appear in a real context until the early 18th cent. The 1960s slang use relating to the drug LSD underlies some modern uses.

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