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Idioms book.



sulekra
Australia

Idioms book.
 
Does anyone know of any good books of the root meanings of idioms?
eg "Saved by the bell" comes from boxers who are going to lose and are literally saved by the bell, and "mad as a hatter" comes from mercury previously being used in production of hats and sending people crazy...

19 Jun 2010      



aliciapc
Uruguay

Hi Adam, I don t know of such a book, only the Oxford idioms dictionary which is really good but doesn t explain what you need. You can check my ws though, I ve one called History of 1500 which is about the origin of some idioms and expressions....

19 Jun 2010     



arito
Mexico

 
  Hi, Adam, I have a book I found some time ago. I don t know if it is still edited. The name is:
 
  "Dictionary of Idioms, more than 600 Phrases, Sayings & Expressions" written by Marvin Terban, Scholastic publishers.
  About "Saved by the bell" it says: ORIGINS; If a boxer is being badly beaten or has been knocked down and the referee is counting to ten, the sound of the bell means he doesn t have to continue the fight. The round is over and he can rest for a little while. In the middle of the 20th. century, this exclamation was transferred to any happy, last- minute rescue from a bas situation.
 
   Good luck.

19 Jun 2010     



Lindax
Ukraine

http://www.etymonline.com/index.php

http://www.rong-chang.com/idioms.htm

http://www.fun-with-words.com/etym_phrases.html

19 Jun 2010     



blunderbuster
Germany

I think the Cambridge "Idioms in Use" is pretty good. 

19 Jun 2010     



kodora
Greece

Try this link
http://www.phrases.org.uk/meanings/index.html
Have a nice weekend
Dora

19 Jun 2010     



aliciapc
Uruguay

Thank you LINDAX and KODORA !

19 Jun 2010