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The Facts on File Dictionary of Clichés
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 556

The Facts on File Dictionary of Clichés

Praise for the previous edition: "...an excellent resource for word lovers...inherently fascinating and an excellent place to look for old chestnuts galore..."—Library Journal "...[thorough]...Recommended for all libraries..."—Booklist "The meanings and origins of literally thousands of words and definitions come to life...recommended..."—Midwest Book Review "...an invaluable tool for writers and general readers."—Christian Library Journal The Facts On File Dictionary of Clichés, Third Edition is the largest, most comprehensive, and most entertaining reference of its kind. Featuring hundreds of new clichés, this updated and expanded edition explains the meanings and origins of more than 4,000 clichés and common expressions. Each entry includes the meaning of the cliché or expression, its origin and early uses, its historical development, and its present-day usage. This fully indexed and cross-referenced resource is essential for students, writers, and anyone seeking the gift of gab. New entries include: "Don't go there" "Flavor of the month" "Ground zero" "Not so much" "Show me the money" "So yesterday" and more.

The Encyclopedia of Women's Health
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 480

The Encyclopedia of Women's Health

Contains over 1,000 entries in an A to Z format, that provide information related to women's health and health problems.

The American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms, Second Edition
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 506

The American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms, Second Edition

Covering over ten thousand phrases, including "bite the bullet," "take the cake," and "buy the farm," a reference on common American vocabulary and idiomatic expressions defines each entry and provides a contextual sentence.

Unsung: A History of Women in American Music
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 600

Unsung: A History of Women in American Music

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 2016-07-26
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  • Publisher: BookBaby

This updates and expanded edition of the classic text in the field describes hundreds of women musicians -- composers, instrumentalists, orchestra and opera managers, music educators, and music patrons, and their activity from the 18th to 21st centuries. It includes their most important compositions and awards, including the Pulitzer Prize and Gravemeyer Award. It also includes descriptions of women's ensembles, both classical, such as the Women's Philharmonic of Chicago, and popular jazz groups.

The American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 480

The American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 2008-08-11
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  • Publisher: Unknown

Covering almost ten thousand idioms and phrases, a reference work on common American vocabulary and idiomatic expressions defines each entry and provides a contextual sentence.

Fighting Words from War, Rebellion, and Other Combative Capers
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 350

Fighting Words from War, Rebellion, and Other Combative Capers

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 2013-05-31
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  • Publisher: BookBaby

Fighting Words from War, Rebellion, and Other Combative Capers explains the origins and usage of some 1,200 words and phrases from warfare. Arranged alphabetically, they range from ancient, such as Pyrrhic victory (279 B.C,) to modern (drone, I.E.D.) The reader will be surprised to learn that some of the most common terms in everyday speech originated in military pursuits. The "grapevine" and "deadline" both came to us from the Civil War. Clothing terms such as "cardigan" and "raglan" came from the names of two generals in the Crimean War. "Magazine" was originally a storehouse for munitions. And "campaign," as in advertising campaign, "bivouac" as in a climber's resting place, and "rally" as in "pep rally" all have military origins. And of course there are famous quotations, such "Old soldiers never die," "Don't give up the s ship," and "keep your powder dry." This third edition of a book originally published in 1989, greatly expanded and updated, includes many of the terms coming from recent conflicts, such as Gulf War syndrome and triple ace. It will appeal both to military history buffs and general readers interested in the history of words and phrases.

The Facts on File Dictionary of Music
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 513

The Facts on File Dictionary of Music

"The Facts On File Dictionary of Music provides in-depth explanations and examples of more than 3

Fruitcakes & Couch Potatoes
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 220

Fruitcakes & Couch Potatoes

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 1995-01-01
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  • Publisher: BookBaby

1,000 food-related terms and expressions, ranging from old chestnut to red herring to fruitcake to couch potato. What has "ham" to do with overacting? why does "nut" stand for a man's head and his gonads? Why do we say "Holy mackerel?" Quotations abound, from 4000 B.C. to the present. This book is addressed to foodies and word lovers.

Dictionary of Business and Economics
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 507

Dictionary of Business and Economics

Defines and explains terms related to management, banking, finance, insurance, real estate, investment, data processing, marketing, and economic theory.

The Facts on File Dictionary of Clichés
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 534

The Facts on File Dictionary of Clichés

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.