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Red Herrings and White Elephants

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Have you ever wondered what phrases such as 'square meal', 'load of old codswallop', 'egg on your face' or 'in the limelight' really mean, or where they come from? The origins of hundreds of common phrases are explained in this irreverent journey through the most fascinating regions of the English language. From the drop of a hat to the bitter end - you'll be surprised and intrigued and never speak English in the same way again.

  • Publisher: John Blake Publishing Ltd 
  • ISBN: 9781789465624 
  • Number of pages: 304 
  • Weight: 360 g 
  • Dimensions: 205 x 135 x 25 mm

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