Covering over ten thousand phrases, including "bite the bullet," "take the cake," and "buy the farm," a reference on common American vocabulary and idiomatic expressions defines each entry and provides a contextual sentence.
This updates and expanded edition of the classic text in the field describes hundreds of women musicians -- composers, instrumentalists, orchestra and opera managers, music educators, and music patrons, and their activity from the 18th to 21st centuries. It includes their most important compositions and awards, including the Pulitzer Prize and Gravemeyer Award. It also includes descriptions of women's ensembles, both classical, such as the Women's Philharmonic of Chicago, and popular jazz groups.
Fighting Words from War, Rebellion, and Other Combative Capers explains the origins and usage of some 1,200 words and phrases from warfare. Arranged alphabetically, they range from ancient, such as Pyrrhic victory (279 B.C,) to modern (drone, I.E.D.) The reader will be surprised to learn that some of the most common terms in everyday speech originated in military pursuits. The "grapevine" and "deadline" both came to us from the Civil War. Clothing terms such as "cardigan" and "raglan" came from the names of two generals in the Crimean War. "Magazine" was originally a storehouse for munitions. And "campaign," as in advertising campaign, "bivouac" as in a climber's resting place, and "rally" as in "pep rally" all have military origins. And of course there are famous quotations, such "Old soldiers never die," "Don't give up the s ship," and "keep your powder dry." This third edition of a book originally published in 1989, greatly expanded and updated, includes many of the terms coming from recent conflicts, such as Gulf War syndrome and triple ace. It will appeal both to military history buffs and general readers interested in the history of words and phrases.
Praise for the previous edition: "...an excellent resource for word lovers...inherently fascinating and an excellent place to look for old chestnuts galore..."—Library Journal "...[thorough]...Recommended for all libraries..."—Booklist "The meanings and origins of literally thousands of words and definitions come to life...recommended..."—Midwest Book Review "...an invaluable tool for writers and general readers."—Christian Library Journal The Facts On File Dictionary of Clichés, Third Edition is the largest, most comprehensive, and most entertaining reference of its kind. Featuring hundreds of new clichés, this updated and expanded edition explains the meanings and origins of more than 4,000 clichés and common expressions. Each entry includes the meaning of the cliché or expression, its origin and early uses, its historical development, and its present-day usage. This fully indexed and cross-referenced resource is essential for students, writers, and anyone seeking the gift of gab. New entries include: "Don't go there" "Flavor of the month" "Ground zero" "Not so much" "Show me the money" "So yesterday" and more.
1,000 food-related terms and expressions, ranging from old chestnut to red herring to fruitcake to couch potato. What has "ham" to do with overacting? why does "nut" stand for a man's head and his gonads? Why do we say "Holy mackerel?" Quotations abound, from 4000 B.C. to the present. This book is addressed to foodies and word lovers.
Some 600 words and phrases from the world of sports that are now part of the vernacular. Terms from baseball, boxing, football, basketball, hockey, cricket and rugby pepper the English language, whether the subject is war (a maneuver in the Gulf War was called a "hail Mary play") to love (she's on the rebound). Baseball has given us southpaw, go to bat, coming out of left field, playing hardball. Boxers had to go the distance unless they were saved by the bell. And kingpins were the prime targets for bowlers. This Hall of Fame collection gives sports lovers a ringside seat on the inside track. Only an oddball who doesn't know the score would stay on the sidelines or take a rain check.
This book consists of more than 1,000 animal expressions in everyday language and where they came from. Do you have "an eagle eye" for a bargain? Have you ever been "hounded" by a "loan shark" or hustled by a "pool shark?" Here you can get the lowdown on the fox trot, puppy love, monkeyshines, cowlicks, Cub Scouts, bulls and bears, jaywalkers, gift horses, white elephants, and jailbirds. You may never let "sleeping dogs lie" again.