The Facts on File Dictionary of ClichésBook - 2006
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.
Facts on File
The definitive reference for clich s now updated!
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"...an excellent resource for word lovers...inherently fascinating..." Library Journal
This updated and expanded edition of a popular title explains the meanings and origins of almost 4,000 clich s and common expressions. Each entry in The Facts On File Dictionary of Clich s, Second Edition includes the meaning of the clich or expression, its origin and early uses, the historical development of the phrase, and its present-day usage.
For this second edition, the author has added hundreds of new clich s, including many from the business world, such as “drum up,” “fork over,” and “go belly-up"; from the military, such as “the balloon goes up,” “body count,” and “mickey mouse”; and from popular novels, especially mysteries and thrillers. Other new clich s include "bells and whistles," "yada yada yada," and "whatever."
The Facts On File Dictionary of Clich s, Second Edition is the largest, most comprehensive, and most entertaining reference of its kind. Fully indexed and cross-referenced, this essential resource will prove invaluable for students, writers, and general readers.