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The Oxford Dictionary of Proverbs

Edited by John Simpson and Jennifer Speake

Fifth edition

Published in print January 2008 | ISBN: 9780199539536
Published online January 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780191727740 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acref/9780199539536.001.0001
The Oxford Dictionary of Proverbs

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‘brilliantly arranged ... I recommend it without hesitation to all students of the English language and lovers of literature, as well as to pedants, crossword fanatics and those who like to prove people wrong in argument’ - Auberon Waugh, Sunday Telegraph

This unique and authoritative dictionary contains over 1,100 of the most widely used proverbs in English and uses research from the Oxford English Corpus, the world's largest language databank. This edition has been revised and fully updated and includes numerous entirely new entries. It also features expanded coverage of foreign language proverbs currently in use in English. With an emphasis on examples of usage, including the earliest written evidence of its use, this A-Z guide provides a thorough – and fascinating – history for every entry.

Book.  2528 pages.  208002 words. 

Subjects: Language Reference

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Absence makes the heart grow fonder in The Oxford Dictionary of Proverbs

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He who is absent is always in the wrong in The Oxford Dictionary of Proverbs

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