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Counter The Cambridge Dictionary of American Idioms unlocks the meaning of thousands of idiomatic phrases used in contemporary American English. More than 5000 idioms--from don't go there and living large to more bang for the buck and hit the nail on the head--are clearly defined, with full-sentence examples of use. Based on the 500-million-word Cambridge International Corpus, a database of current written and spoken English, the Cambridge Dictionary of American Idioms is the last word on American idioms.* explains more than 5000 idioms commonly used in spoken and written American English* clear definitions written using the 2000-word Cambridge American Defining Vocabulary* full-sentence examples show how idioms are really used* usage and origin notes expand on the definitions* ample cross-references * topic index assists learners in finding idioms related to health, money, feelings, truth and many more subjects * ideal for classroom use or for personal reference.

Library of Congress subject headings for this publication: English language United States Idioms Dictionaries, Americanisms Dictionaries