Concise Thesaurus of Traditional English Metaphors

Concise Thesaurus of Traditional English Metaphors

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This absorbing collection of metaphors includes a variety of expressions with figurative meanings, like similes, proverbs, slang and catchphrases. It is the result of a lifetime of work on dialect and metaphor and gives an overview of the folk wisdom expressed in figurative expressions. The author draws on his extensive contact with the rural cultures of Dorset, Cornwall, Yorkshire and Lancashire, but has also included a range of sayings from North America, Australia, Scotland and other English speaking countries. With revised contents and an improved index to make individual entries easier to find, the Concise can be used to check the meaning and the origin of an expression or to avoid mixed metaphors, anachronisms and incongruities. It is a joy to browse long after your original query has been answered.CLOTHING. Clothes and hats God sends cold after [according to] clothes. Only as much suffering as we can bear. ... Out of date generally; a€“ of a person a€“ a relic of a former age, retaining the views and virtues of a past generation. Weak ... Frayed [1896]. Ready to give way. a#39;Frayed nerves, tempersa#39;. Frayed at the edges [ 1966]. The worse for wear, generally, past its usefulness, ... Make an effort agt; move agt; work more quickly; cheer up. ... If you lend your coat, dona#39;t cut off the buttons [Ire].

Title:Concise Thesaurus of Traditional English Metaphors
Author:Dick Wilkinson
Publisher:Routledge - 2013-01-11


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