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By Robert Allen

ISBN-10: 0140515119

ISBN-13: 9780140515114

"Allen's Dictionary of English words" is the main complete survey of this sector of the English language ever undertaken. taking up 6000 words, it explains their that means, explores their improvement and provides citations that variety from the Venerable Bede to Will Self. Crisply and wittily written, this publication is full of memorable and spectacular element, no matter if exhibiting that 'salad days' comes from Antony and Cleopatra, that 'flavour of the month' originates in Nineteen Forties American ice cream advertising, or perhaps that we have now been 'calling a spade a spade' because the 16th century. "Allen's Dictionary of English words" is a part of the "Penguin Reference Library" and attracts on over 70 years of expertise in bringing trustworthy, beneficial and transparent details to hundreds of thousands of readers world wide - making wisdom everybody's estate.

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16th cent. put on an act to make an elaborate show or pretence. Mid 20th cent. Monica Dickens Happy Prisoner 1946 This girl’s not naturally like that. She’s putting on an act. See also act one’s age; act the goat; a class act; play/act the fool; read the RIOT act. action actions speak louder than words (proverb) it’s what people do that matters, not what they say they will do. 17th cent. Hannah Foster The Coquette 1797 I go on finely with my amour. I have every encouragement that I could wish. Indeed my fair one does not verbally declare in my favor; but then, according to the vulgar proverb, that actions speak louder than words, I have no reason to complain.

Also called Adam’s wine. 17th cent. Prynne Sovereign Power of Parliament 1643 They have been shut up in prisons and dungeons… allowed only a poor pittance of Adams Ale, and scarce a penny bread a day to support their lives. Adam’s apple the projection of the thyroid cartilage in front of the neck, more prominent in men and traditionally associated with part of the forbidden fruit that is said to have stuck in Adam’s throat (see forbidden fruit). ) in the same meaning. 18th cent. not know somebody from Adam to have no knowledge of somebody, or be unable to recognize them.

G. Wines and Liqueurs from A to Z, but this use is now dated. 19th cent. Jane Austen Persuasion 1818 This very awkward history of Mr. Elliot, was still, after an interval of several years, felt with anger by Elizabeth, who had liked the man for himself, and still more for being her father’s heir, and whose strong family pride could see only in him, a proper match for Sir Walter Elliot’s eldest daughter. There was not a baronet from A to Z, whom her feelings could have so willingly acknowledged as an equal.

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