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Dictionary of Word and Phrase Origins

by Rees, Nigel




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Why do we say a person is the "spitting image" of someone else, or "take a rain check"? These questions are rarely answered by conventional dictionaries, but this book takes a wide-ranging approach to problems of etymology, challenging a few long-held theories on the way.

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