More than 8,000 idiomatic words and phrases that are standard in
American English are listed with defnitions and sample sentences to clarify
their meanings. Earlier editions of this A–to–Z dictionary have proved especially
helpful to TOEFL and TOEIC test takers, as well as to other students in
North America for whom English is their second language. 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 new edition takes
account of the latest idiomatic changes and presents a solid background to
informal American English.
The text also indicates the variant forms, parts of speech, definitions, and
usage of the illustrative sentences for more than eight thousand commonly
used idioms, including proverbs, cliches, and slang expressions.