The American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms, Second Edition

The American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms, Second Edition

By Christine Ammer

Houghton Mifflin, Paperback, 9780547676586, 512pp.

Publication Date: February 26, 2013


"Senior moment.""Think outside the box."Idioms like these can't be understood just from the words that make them up. The "American Heritage(r) Dictionary of Idioms" explores the meanings of idioms, including phrasal verbs such as "kick back, " proverbs such as "too many cooks spoil the broth, " interjections such as "tough beans, " and figures of speech such as "elephant in the room." Since the publication of the first edition 15 years ago, author Christine Ammer has made extensive revisions that reflect new historical scholarship and changes in the English language. This second edition defines over 10,000 idiomatic expressions in greater detail than any other dictionary available today. English language learners will findthisdictionaryespecially useful.

About the Author
Christine Ammer is the author of more than three dozen reference books, on subjects ranging from classical music to women's health. Her books on words and phrases include "Facts on File Dictionary of Cliches; Seeing Red or Tickled Pink; Fighting Words from War, Rebellion, and Other Combative Capers; Southpaws and Sunday Punches; Cool Cats and Top Dogs;" and" Fruitcakes and Couch Potatoes. "She lives in Lexington, Massachusetts.