John Simpson, Jennifer Speake's A Dictionary of Proverbs PDF

By John Simpson, Jennifer Speake

This targeted and authoritative dictionary includes over 1,100 of the main widespread proverbs in English and makes use of learn from the Oxford English Corpus, the world's greatest language databank. This version has been revised and completely up to date and contains a number of totally new entries. It additionally positive factors accelerated insurance of international language proverbs at the moment in use in English. With an emphasis on examples of utilization, together with the earliest written facts of its use, this A-Z guide

provides a radical - and engaging - background for each access. prepared in A-Z structure and with an invaluable thematic index, A Dictionary of Proverbs is perfect for shopping and ideally suited for speedy reference. search for your previous favourites, research punchy new expressions to get your element throughout, and find

the solution to that crossword clue. Seeing is believing: locate proverbs appropriate to each element of existence during this wonderful and informative assortment.

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CARROLL ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland ix. It’s a vegetable. It doesn’t look like one, but it is. ’ 1980 G. SIMS in H. Watson Winter Crimes 12 158 The Benningworth family motto Esse quam videri, ‘To be rather than to seem to be’. appearance bean see CANDLEMAS day, put beans in the clay, put candles and candle-sticks away. BEAR and forbear Cf. EPICTETUS Fragments X. be patient and endure; ERASMUS Adages II. vii. 13 sustine et abstine. 1573 T. TUSSER Husbandry (rev. ) II. 12V Both beare and forbeare, now and then as ye may, then wench God a mercy [reward you], thy husband will say.

CARROLL ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland ix. It’s a vegetable. It doesn’t look like one, but it is. ’ 1980 G. SIMS in H. Watson Winter Crimes 12 158 The Benningworth family motto Esse quam videri, ‘To be rather than to seem to be’. appearance bean see CANDLEMAS day, put beans in the clay, put candles and candle-sticks away. BEAR and forbear Cf. EPICTETUS Fragments X. be patient and endure; ERASMUS Adages II. vii. 13 sustine et abstine. 1573 T. TUSSER Husbandry (rev. ) II. 12V Both beare and forbeare, now and then as ye may, then wench God a mercy [reward you], thy husband will say.

DRAYTON in R. W. Gibbes Documentary Hist. 174 It is a maxim, that it is better to attack than to receive one; 1799 G. WASHINGTON Writings (1940) XXXVII. means of defence. Recent usage shows a clear British-US divergence, however, with the best DEFENSE is a good offense as the US form. 1930 C. F. GREGG Murder on Bus xxxvii. Inspector Higgins fired his revolver at the sound, deeming attack the better part of defence, whilst someone from the other side of the room had a similar notion. 1965 N. S. GRAY Apple-Stone xi.

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