Dictionary of Idioms
An idiom is a group of words that is recognized as a single unit, and has a different meaning from the meaning of its individual words. Example: To "let the cat out of the bag" does not mean to allow a feline to escape out of a sack.
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The Collins COBUILD Dictionary of Idioms provides learners with invaluable information about thousands of British and American idioms and their meanings and usage.
The dictionary explains the meanings of idioms in full sentences, gives contexts of use, and shows register, regional and frequency information. Thousands of real examples from the Bank of English give further help in using idioms correctly.
A feature of this new second edition of the Collins COBUILD Dictionary of Idioms is the Thematic Index, which will help you to find a group of idioms on a particular theme, to develop your vocabulary on a thematic area, or to find the exact form of an idiom by its general meaning. Also new to this second edition are notes explianing meanings and origins of idioms, which help learners understand and remember the correct forms and usage.
The Bank of English provides a wealth of information about the frequencies, forms, and usage of idioms. Based on this unique resource, the information which the Collins COBUILD Dictionary of Idioms gives about this fascinating area of language is reliable and up to date. This new second edition, like its predecessor, will be invaluable to all students and teachers of English. .
- Over 6,000 references from today's English
- Over 8,500 examples from the Bank of English
- Explanations given in full sentences
- Special labelling of key idioms
- Full index and Thematic Index