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By Judith Siefring

Do you know that 'flavor of the month' originated in a campaign in American ice-cream parlors within the Nineteen Forties, whilst a selected style will be particularly promoted for a month at a time? And were you aware that 'off the cuff' refers back to the fairly messy perform of writing impromptu notes on one's blouse cuff earlier than conversing in public? those and many extra idioms are defined and placed into context during this moment version of the Oxford Dictionary of Idioms. the amount takes a clean examine the idiomatic words and sayings that make English the wealthy and interesting language that it's. This significant re-creation comprises entries for over 5000 idioms, together with 350 solely new entries and over 500 new quotations. The textual content has been up to date to incorporate many new idioms utilizing the findings of the Oxford English analyzing software, the largest language study software on the earth. The entries are supported by means of a wealth of illustrative quotations from quite a lot of resources and sessions and the textual content has been solely redesigned in order that it really is either based and simple to exploit. someone attracted to the colourful part of the English language gets hours of enjoyable shopping this attention-grabbing and informative quantity.

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Have a bird be very shocked or agitated. billy-o like bil ly-o very much, hard, or strongly. Globe & Mail (Toronto) The Washington press corps would have a bird if the president­ to-be appointed his wife to a real job. 1992 British informal 1995 John Banville Athena This skin tone is the effect of cigarettes, I suspect, for she is a great smoker . . going at the fags like billy-o. bird the bird has flown the person you are looking for has escaped or gone away. a bird in hand something that you have securely or are sure of.

Do your bit make a useful contribution to an effort or cause. informal . �.. � �. �. . . .. . . . . . . � get the bit between you r teeth begin to tackle a problem or task in a determined or independent way. O· · Th�· �·���·I ·bi�· i�· �· h·����:·�·� ���h ·�·h·��·id· ii�" ': on the fleshy part of its gums; if a headstrong horse grasps the bit between its teeth it can evade the. control of the reins and its rider. .. : ··· : .. ......... . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Beat a bout the bush discuss a matter informal ............................................ ........ ... ...................... � 0 This phrase was originally used by people � who work with horses, and referred to the � good condition of a horse fed on beans. ... ................. ...... . : informal . : g ive someone beans scold or deal severely with a person. informal a hill (or row) of beans something of little importance or value. informal 1999 SL (Cape Town) I think that what your friends and family think shouldn't amount to a hill of beans.

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