Common Phrases and Where They Come FromBook - 2001
Provides the history behind more than 150 well-known English phrases, including bury the hatchet, face the music, kick the bucket, lame duck, lion's share, and nest egg.
Globe Fearon Co
In the tradition of Eats, Shoots & Leaves and Anguished English, Common Phrases is a fascinating guide to the origins of our language. Wonderful stories reveal the real meaning of Adam’s apple, nick of time, stool pigeon, armed to the teeth, raining cats and dogs, at sixes and sevens, dog days of summer, and scores of others. With nearly 35,000 copies sold, this classic begins a new life with a fresh package and a new audience for entertaining reference books.