Curious Phrases (Collins Dictionary of) The ebook edition of the Collins Dictionary of Curious Phrases is an updated and revised version of Leslie Dunkling’s classic work on curious and baffling phrases.
This edition contains a selection of new phrases and explanations. It is redesigned to make it easier to use and will also contain references to internet sites where readers will be able to find out yet more about the curious phrases we use.
• A guide to the original meaning of metaphorical phrases in common use
• Invaluable for the general reader, speechwriter or for anyone interested in language or popular culture
• Phrases explained include ‘kick the bucket’, ‘scream blue murder’, ‘a hair of the dog’, ‘cat’s pyjamas’, ‘brass tacks’ and ‘red herrings’
About the author
Leslie Dunkling is the founder of the Names Society and author of many classic reference works, including the predecessor to this title, the Guinness Book of Curious Phrases