Download PDF by Robert Allen : Allen's Dictionary of English Phrases

By Robert Allen

ISBN-10: 0140515119

ISBN-13: 9780140515114

"Allen's Dictionary of English words" is the main finished survey of this zone of the English language ever undertaken. taking on 6000 words, it explains their that means, explores their improvement and provides citations that variety from the Venerable Bede to Will Self. Crisply and wittily written, this publication is jam-packed with memorable and incredible element, even if exhibiting that 'salad days' comes from Antony and Cleopatra, that 'flavour of the month' originates in Forties American ice cream advertising, or maybe that we have been 'calling a spade a spade' because the 16th century. "Allen's Dictionary of English words" is a part of the "Penguin Reference Library" and attracts on over 70 years of expertise in bringing trustworthy, important and transparent details to hundreds of thousands of readers worldwide - making wisdom everybody's estate.

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Advocate See play devil’s advocate at DEVIL. aegis under the aegis of somebody with the support or protection of a person, organization, etc: the aigis (in Latin aegis) was an attribute of Zeus and Athena that took various forms, principally a shield covered with a goatskin. In later representations it had a fringe of snakes and a Gorgon’s head, making it more effective in protecting friends and frightening off enemies. 19th cent. William Barry The New Antigone 1887 I tell you, then, that if Mrs.

Some twenty years later, George Orwell in his uncompromising article Politics and the English Language (first published in the periodical Horizon in 1946 and reprinted in several collections of his essays) included it among the ‘verbal refuse’ – along with Achilles’ heel, hotbed, melting pot, and other phrases – that should be consigned ‘to the dustbin where it belongs’. Early 20th cent. Woodrow Wilson in The Times 1918 The treatment accorded Russia by her sister nations in the months to come will be the acid test of their good will.

There is also the idea of rising above oneself in excelling one’s own normal level of achievement. Finally there is the meaning ‘out of control from high spirits’, which is used of horses as well as people. All these meanings probably influenced each other and affected the main meaning we are concerned with here. 19th cent. J H Ingraham The Gipsy of the Highlands 1843 Paul’s intimacy with Duncan Powell, had early initiated him into the first steps of dissipation; and, by bringing him into the social circle of young men, whom his humble condition would prevent him from afterwards associating with, inspired him with ideas above himself and his circumstances, which would prevent him from engaging, with proper feelings, in the pursuit for which his mother designed him.

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