By John Simpson, Jennifer Speake
This targeted and authoritative dictionary includes over 1,100 of the main popular 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 entirely up to date and comprises a variety of completely new entries. It additionally gains improved assurance of overseas language proverbs at the moment in use in English. With an emphasis on examples of utilization, together with the earliest written proof of its use, this A-Z guide
provides an intensive - and interesting - historical past for each access. prepared in A-Z layout and with an invaluable thematic index, A Dictionary of Proverbs is perfect for looking and ideally fitted for speedy reference. lookup your outdated favourites, research punchy new expressions to get your aspect throughout, and find
the resolution to that crossword clue. Seeing is believing: locate proverbs proper to each element of lifestyles during this pleasing and informative assortment.
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Ii. 37 My best way is to creep under his gaberdine; there is no other shelter hereabout. Misery acquaints a man with strange bedfellows. 1837 DICKENS Pickwick Papers xli. (heading) Illustrative.. of the old proverb, that adversity brings a man acquainted with strange bedfellows. 1927 Times 27 Aug. 12 The.. alliance of 1923–5 was an illustration of the adage that adversity makes strange bedfellows. 1982 Times 15 Mar. 9 (heading) Poverty makes strange bedfellows. adversity; misfortune afraid see he who RIDES a tiger is afraid to dismount.
How can you reconcile the statement that ‘Absence makes the heart grow fonder’ with ‘Out of sight, out of mind’? 1992 A. LAMBERT Rather English Marriage (1993) xi. 178 Absence may have made his heart grow fonder, but it hasn’t done wonders for mine. 2002 Spectator 9 Feb. 63 In this way you can keep her at bay indefinitely, or at least until such time as her absence has made your heart grow fonder. absence; love He who is ABSENT is always in the wrong Cf. Fr. les absents ont toujours tort; c 1440 J.
The Concise itself grew out of the monumental Oxford Dictionary of English Proverbs, first published in 1935 and substantially revised by F. P. Wilson in 1970. A massive work of historical scholarship, the Oxford Dictionary of English Proverbs cast its net over the corpus of English literature and brought together a rich haul of metaphor, idiom, and proverb from all stages of the language. From the outset, however, the Concise was intended to fulfil a different need from the larger volume, in its focus on contemporary usage and on what the late twentieth-century English-speaker regarded as a proverb—as John Simpson explains in his Introduction.
A Dictionary of Proverbs by John Simpson, Jennifer Speake