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19062016 2Every language has phrases that cannot be understood literally. Even if you know the meanings of all the words in such a phrase and you understand the grammar completely, the total meaning of the phrase may still be confusing. English has many such idiomatic expressions.


A dictionary of American idioms is A dictionary that explains about a group of two or more words that has a special meaning different from the meanings of its component parts.  This dictionary is a selection of the frequently encountered idiomatic expressions found in everyday American English. Idioms undergo constant change in every living language, some falling out of use while new words and phrases become part of the standard vocabulary.


This fifth edition of A Dictionary of American Idioms account for the latest changes and presents definitions and sample sentences for more than 8.000 idiomatic words and phrases specific to American-style English.  Also explained are many of the similes and metaphors that newcomers to American English find mystifying, especially useful for TOEFL test-takers and others students for whom English is a second language. A great reference for native-born Americans for deciphering regionalisms encountered in reading or on TV. But  this edition  didn’t  have a Hidden Key Word Index that allows the user to find a particular idiom by looking up the words found “inside the idiom,” which is useful in finding the key words that do not occur at the beginning of the idiomatic phrase.


This edition completed with introduction of what is an idioms in 9 languages such as Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian, and Spanish, also including how to use this dictionary, so you don’t worry to use this dictionary. This dictionary can be found in American Corner of Airlangga University Library.  Happy Reading

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