A Dictionary of Cliches

  • Filename: a-dictionary-of-cliches.
  • ISBN: 9781134963935
  • Release Date: 2003-09-02
  • Number of pages: 272
  • Author: Eric Partridge
  • Publisher: Routledge



This work is full of things better left unsaid: hackneyed phrases, idioms battered into senselessness, infuriating Gallicisms, once-familiar quotations and tags from the ancient classics. It makes a formidable list, amplified as it is with definitions, sources, and indications of the clichés, venerability in every case.

The Dictionary of Cliches

  • Filename: the-dictionary-of-cliches.
  • ISBN: 0345338146
  • Release Date: 1986-12
  • Number of pages: 369
  • Author: James Rogers
  • Publisher:



The first dictionary of its kind revitalizes more than two thousand cliches and tired phrases by revealing the history of the origin behind each one

A Dictionary of Clich s

  • Filename: a-dictionary-of-clich-s.
  • ISBN: 9780415065559
  • Release Date: 1978
  • Number of pages: 261
  • Author: Eric Partridge
  • Publisher: Psychology Press



This work is full of things better left unsaid: hackneyed phrases, idioms battered into senselessness, infuriating Gallicisms, once-familiar quotations and tags from the ancient classics. It makes a formidable list, amplified as it is with definitions, sources, and indications of the clichés, venerability in every case.

Have a Nice Day No Problem

  • Filename: have-a-nice-day-no-problem.
  • ISBN: UOM:39015024893458
  • Release Date: 1992
  • Number of pages: 454
  • Author: Christine Ammer
  • Publisher: Dutton Adult



A comprehensive guide to 3,000 cliches explains the meanings of such phrases as "give the devil his due" and "gild the lily," and traces the history of these expressions

The Facts on File Dictionary of Clich s

  • Filename: the-facts-on-file-dictionary-of-clich-s.
  • ISBN: 9780816062799
  • Release Date: 2006
  • Number of pages: 534
  • Author: Christine Ammer
  • Publisher: Infobase Publishing



Drawing from a wide variety of sources, a reference details the meaning of the cliché or expression, its source, early uses, and the history of the phrase over time and its level of use in contemporary English.

NTC s Dictionary of Proverbs and Clich s

  • Filename: ntc-s-dictionary-of-proverbs-and-clich-s.
  • ISBN: 0844251585
  • Release Date: 1996
  • Number of pages: 321
  • Author: Anne Bertram
  • Publisher: Ntc Publishing Group



Containing approxiamtely 950 proverbs and cliches used frequently in the English language, this reference is essential for anyone seeking to understand proverbs and cliches and how they function in speech and writing. Each expression is defined and illustrated by two or more realistic examples that show what each expression means, how it is used and its significance.

It s Been Said Before

  • Filename: it-s-been-said-before.
  • ISBN: 9780199315734
  • Release Date: 2014
  • Number of pages: 229
  • Author: Orin Hargraves
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA



Careful writers and speakers agree that clichés are generally to be avoided. However, nearly all of us continue to use them. Why do they persist in our language? In It's Been Said Before, lexicographer Orin Hargraves examines the peculiar idea and power of the cliché. He helps readers understand why certain phrases became clichés and why they should be avoided -- or why they still have life left in them. Indeed, clichés can be useful -- even powerful. And few people even agree on which expressions are clichés and which are not. Many regard any frequent idiom as a cliché, and a phrase regarded as a cliché in one context may be seen simply as an effective expression in another. Examples drawn from data about actual usage support Hargraves' identification of true clichés. They also illuminate his commentary on usage problems and helpful suggestions for eliminating clichés where they serve no useful purpose. Concise and lively, It's Been Said Before serves as a guide to the most overused phrases in the English language -- and to phrases that are used exactly as often as they should be.

The Facts on File Dictionary of Clich s

  • Filename: the-facts-on-file-dictionary-of-clich-s.
  • ISBN: 0816062803
  • Release Date: 2006
  • Number of pages: 534
  • Author: Christine Ammer
  • Publisher: Checkmark Books



Drawing from a wide variety of sources, this reference to nearly four thousand clichâes details the meaning of the clichâe or expression, its source, early uses, and the history of the phrase over time and its level of use in contemporary English.

Watson s Dictionary Of Weasel Words

  • Filename: watson-s-dictionary-of-weasel-words.
  • ISBN: 9781742744667
  • Release Date: 2011-04-01
  • Number of pages: 418
  • Author: Don Watson
  • Publisher: Random House Australia



The brilliant and bestselling companion volume to Don Watson's Death Sentence The prime minister speaks of core and non-core election promises, your boss asks you to commit to an involuntary career event (you're fired), and hospitals refer to negative patient outcomes (you're dead) - How to fight back? This book is a heavy weapon against politicians, managers and all those whose words kill brain cells and sink hearts. Striking a much-needed blow for truth and clarity, here is Don Watson, author of the international bestseller Death Sentence, at his sobering, scathing and wickedly funny best.

A Dictionary of Modern Legal Usage

  • Filename: a-dictionary-of-modern-legal-usage.
  • ISBN: 0195142365
  • Release Date: 2001
  • Number of pages: 953
  • Author: Bryan A. Garner
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA



Bryan A. Garner, an editor, academic and practicing lawyer, has written an accessible, authoritative, and up-to-date guide that will help anyone in the legal thicket to write better. "The most extensive resources available for legal word usage".--Library Journal.

Dictionary of Catch Phrases

  • Filename: dictionary-of-catch-phrases.
  • ISBN: 9781461660408
  • Release Date: 1992-01-01
  • Number of pages: 408
  • Author: Eric Partridge
  • Publisher: Scarborough House



A catch phrase is a well-known, frequently-used phrase or saying that has `caught on' or become popular over along period of time. It is often witty or philosophical and this Dictionary gathers together over 7,000 such phrases.

Dictionary of Movie Clich s

  • Filename: dictionary-of-movie-clich-s.
  • ISBN: 9781411661455
  • Release Date: 2005-11
  • Number of pages: 120
  • Author: Giuseppe Cristiano
  • Publisher: Lulu.com



We have all sat watching a film and groaned in jaded horror when the girl being chased by a murderer across level terrain suddenly trips and falls, or cringed with cinematic deja vu as an eccentric hacker guesses the password to the world's most sophisticated computer in two attempts. The list of movie cliches is endless, but Cristiano has gathered together some favourite examples to hilarious effect.

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