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Scholastic Dictionary of Idioms (Paperback)

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    Have you ever been in a casual conversation and an idiom just went way over your head? Well, don’t worry, because every Tom, Dick, and Harry has been in the same boat. But if you want to get a handle on those pesky idioms, this book can be an ace up your sleeve! You’ll be glad to see eye to eye with your friends and colleagues and pretty soon, you’ll be quick on the draw, slinging idioms like the best of them! (Jasper)

    — From Jasper


    Cat got your tongue? Penny for your thoughts? Come again? Every day, idioms bring color to our speech. Since they don't really mean what they say, idioms can stump even the native English-speaker. Marvin Terban makes understanding idioms as easy as pie with the revised SCHOLASTIC DICTIONARY OF IDIOMS. Explanations for, and origins of, more than 700 everyday American idioms, complete with kid-friendly sample sentences. The entries are amusing as well as educational. Alphabetical listing and cross-referencing index makes finding idioms a piece of cake.

    About the Author

    Marvin Terban is a bestselling, award-winning author of more than 30 books for children, most of them about the English language. Called a "master of wordplay" by the American Library Association's Booklist and "Mr. English for Kids" by the Children's Book-of-the-Month Club, Marvin is truly an expert on teaching the art of language. For over 40 years, Marvin has taught English, Latin, Public Speaking, Theater, and other subjects at Columbia Grammar and Preparatory School in New York City.

    Praise For…

    "Terban explains the meanings and origins (if known) of more than 600 idioms and proverbs in this intriguing book." (Booklist, March 15,1996)

    "Reference tools may be a dime a dozen in this dog-eat-dog world, but here's a soup-to-nuts dictionary of colloquialisms that doesn't beat around the appealing browse as well as useful (and perhaps unique) resource for kids baffled by the intricacies of the English language." (The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, July/August 1996)

    "From 'ace up your sleeve' to 'you can't teach an old dog new tricks,' this introduction to idiomatic phrases, sayings, and expressions is clear and easy to use." (School Library Journal, May 1996)

    Product Details
    ISBN: 9780439770835
    ISBN-10: 0439770831
    Publisher: Scholastic Reference
    Publication Date: July 1st, 2006
    Pages: 298
    Language: English