The Cambridge International Dictionary of Idioms explains over 7,000 idioms current in British, American and Australian English, helping learners to understand them and use them with confidence. The Cambridge Dictionary of American Idioms, based on the 200 million words of American English text in the Cambridge International Corpus, unlocks the meaning of more than 5,000 idiomatic phrases used in contemporary American English. Full-sentence examples show how idioms are really used.
For students and teachers of English as a foreign language, intermediate level upwards. Some 7000 idioms are alphabetized under the key word, and there is an index where you can ascertain that, for instance, 'fat cat' comes under 'fat' rather than 'cat'. The definitions are in very simple vocabulary and all entries have examples. There are labels for region and register ('old-fashioned', 'informal', 'humorous' etc), but only a few entries have information on origins. Nor does the book tip you off that a phrase such as mot juste is French and needs to be pronounced accordingly. The selection focuses sensibly on basic expressions but takes in both the biblical ('the patience of Job') and the lately overused ('full monty'). Particularly useful idioms are highlighted.
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