A Collection of more than 7,000 colorful expressions and idioms---some new, some old, some borrowed, some blue. Many are of obscure origin: only specialized dictionaries provide etymological information about them.
In "Picturesque Expressions," a book that has become the standard, these expressions are collected under 407 useful thematic categories (like ACCOMPLISHMENT, DECADENCE, DOMINATION, DOWNFALL, DRUNKENNESS, LOVE, LUST) that enable users to find expressions to suit their needs. A 47-page Index lists all expressions, their variants,details buried in the entries, and allow the book's use as a dictionary.
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