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Oxford Dictionary of Idioms

By John Ayto
  • Writer : John Ayto
  • Isbn : 0192584383
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Number of Pages : 448
  • Category : Reference
  • Review Counts : 651
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What is it to 'cock a snook', where is the land of Nod, and who was first to go the extra mile? Find the answers to these questions (and many more!) in the new edition of the Oxford Dictionary of Idioms. This dictionary uncovers the meanings of myriad phrases and sayings that are used daily in the English language, encompassing more than 10,000 figurative expressions, similes, sayings, and proverbs. More than 400 idioms have been added to this new edition, and comprise recently coined and common sayings alike. New additions include 'back of the net', 'drag and drop', 'go it alone', 'how come?', 'if you ask me', 'make your skin crawl', and 'woe betide'. Illustrative quotations sourced from the Oxford corpora give contextual examples of the idioms and their standard usage, and many entries include background information on the origins of the idiom in question. An updated thematic index makes for easy navigation, and anyone who is interested in the origins and diversity of English vernacular will have hours of fun browsing this fascinating dictionary.

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Everything was going along as planned for Lou Malloy. He had figured out a way to get the money he had hidden in a casino that he and Hilary had robbed, a year ago with Crushers help. However, like a house of cards, one thing and then another started to happen along the way. First there was the attempt on his life by a sergeant in the Timucua Tribal Police Department and then Malloy’s old nemesis, Detective Sal Ramiro, trying to arrest him for crimes that there was no evidence that Malloy did them in the first place. In the meantime, Hilary has decided she wants a pet she could call her own and told Malloy that she wanted a cat. Malloy hated cats, but agrees to her request because he thinks the cat would not last a week living on Turtle Point property. But Hilary’s cat is no ordinary house cat. When Malloy learns that it is a black three hundred pound wild Panther from a neighboring wildlife sanctuary, he tells Hilary that she had better learn to take care of it. Naming the big cat, MOJO, Hilary is thrilled, but there is a problem. MOJO has a female friend show up, a snow leopard that she names, Pumpkin. Now Malloy has two cats. But nothing is as easy as it seems. Having gotten the money out of its hiding place and in his gator hole, Malloy now had to gamble on how he could keep what he had regardless of the cats. As if dealing with the extra money he had to hide was not enough, his significant other, Hilary Kelly has been kidnapped by a vicious killer from Cuba and now Malloy has to gamble with not only Hilary’s life, but Bunny’s as well since she was taken at the same time as Hilary. Lou Malloy did not like to gamble at anything and yet, here he was putting everything on the line to ransom Hilary Kelly from the grasp of this vicious killer who has threatened to kill both Hilary and Bunny unless Malloy delivers the computer disks and hard drives used in the manufacturing of counterfeit futures contracts for counterfeit currency of various countries in the world. To make matters dicey, a secret black opts group within the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has made it clear that they want the disks to prevent financial terrorists from getting their hands on the technology. With all this happening, Malloy has to travel to Cuba, with the help of a special team of operatives, including Crusher and the mysterious Blue, to rescue Hilary and Crusher’s wife, Bunny. In the process, Malloy has to outwit a Greek criminal and two dishonest multi-millionaires who are after to technology as well and will do anything necessary to get what they want. The problem for Malloy is that he never knew he had possession of the technology until after the second robbery of the same casino that he had robbed fifteen years ago. Now, even if he wanted to give the Cubans the technology, he couldn’t until Hilary and Bunny were returned to safety. Up until that point, he didn’t know what he had until he had a computer expert by the name of John Goodman, access the technology from the disks to learn just what was there. Having learned that he had something that could cost him his life, as well as the lives of Hilary, Crusher and Bunny, Malloy knew he had to take the necessary precautions to safe guard the information. Things start to pick up at Turtle Point when a team of Miami Gangbangers try to raid Malloy’s property and find the computer technology. Malloy and his friend, Crusher, fight them off, but that just starts the ball rolling. Before long, Hilary and Bunny are kidnapped and the kidnappers are heading to Cuba with Malloy, Crusher and the mysterious Blue in hot pursuit. Along the way, Malloy and his team, traveling in a special configured yacht, fight off a hurricane and battle the kidnappers off the coast of Key West only to watch the kidnappers escape resulting in Malloy fighting for Hilary’s life and the security of the technology he is sworn to protect. Traveling to Cuba, Malloy must get Hilary back at all costs. All in ONLY TWO CATS.

The Tibetan Book of the Dead

By W. Y. Evans-Wentz
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  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Isbn Code : 0199839514
  • Number of Pages : 354
  • Category : Religion
  • Reviews : 978
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The Tibetan Book of the Dead is one of the texts that, according to legend, Padma-Sambhava was compelled to hide during his visit to Tibet in the late 8th century. The guru hid his books in stones, lakes, and pillars because the Tibetans of that day and age were somehow unprepared for their teachings. Now, in the form of the ever-popular Tibetan Book of the Dead, these teachings are constantly being discovered and rediscovered by Western readers of many different backgrounds--a phenomenon which began in 1927 with Oxford's first edition of Dr. Evans-Wentz's landmark volume. While it is traditionally used as a mortuary text, to be read or recited in the presence of a dead or dying person, this book--which relates the whole experience of death and rebirth in three intermediate states of being--was originally understood as a guide not only for the dead but also for the living. As a contribution to the science of death and dying--not to mention the belief in life after death, or the belief in rebirth--The Tibetan Book of the Dead is unique among the sacred texts of the world, for its socio-cultural influence in this regard is without comparison. This fourth edition features a new foreword, afterword, and suggested further reading list by Donald S. Lopez, author of Prisoners of Shangri-La: Tibetan Buddhism and the West. Lopez traces the whole history of the late Evans-Wentz's three earlier editions of this book, fully considering the work of contributors to previous editions (C. G. Jung among them), the sections that were added by Evans-Wentz along the way, the questions surrounding the book's translation, and finally the volume's profound importance in engendering both popular and academic interest in the religion and culture of Tibet. Another key theme that Lopez addresses is the changing nature of this book's audience--from the prewar theosophists to the beat poets to the hippies to contemporary exponents of the hospice movement--and what these audiences have found (or sought) in its very old pages.

The Plague Year

By Lawrence Wright
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  • Publisher : Knopf
  • Isbn Code : 0593320735
  • Number of Pages : 336
  • Category : Political Science
  • Reviews : 164
  • Pdf File: the-plague-year.pdf

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From the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of The Looming Tower, and the pandemic novel The End of October: an unprecedented, momentous account of Covid-19—its origins, its wide-ranging repercussions, and the ongoing global fight to contain it "A book of panoramic breadth ... managing to surprise us about even those episodes we … thought we knew well … [With] lively exchanges about spike proteins and nonpharmaceutical interventions and disease waves, Wright’s storytelling dexterity makes all this come alive.” —The New York Times Book Review From the fateful first moments of the outbreak in China to the storming of the U.S. Capitol to the extraordinary vaccine rollout, Lawrence Wright’s The Plague Year tells the story of Covid-19 in authoritative, galvanizing detail and with the full drama of events on both a global and intimate scale, illuminating the medical, economic, political, and social ramifications of the pandemic. Wright takes us inside the CDC, where a first round of faulty test kits lost America precious time . . . inside the halls of the White House, where Deputy National Security Adviser Matthew Pottinger’s early alarm about the virus was met with confounding and drastically costly skepticism . . . into a Covid ward in a Charlottesville hospital, with an idealistic young woman doctor from the town of Little Africa, South Carolina . . . into the precincts of prediction specialists at Goldman Sachs . . . into Broadway’s darkened theaters and Austin’s struggling music venues . . . inside the human body, diving deep into the science of how the virus and vaccines function—with an eye-opening detour into the history of vaccination and of the modern anti-vaccination movement. And in this full accounting, Wright makes clear that the medical professionals around the country who’ve risked their lives to fight the virus reveal and embody an America in all its vulnerability, courage, and potential. In turns steely-eyed, sympathetic, infuriated, unexpectedly comical, and always precise, Lawrence Wright is a formidable guide, slicing through the dense fog of misinformation to give us a 360-degree portrait of the catastrophe we thought we knew.

Bones in High Places

By Suzette Hill
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  • Publisher : C & R Crime
  • Isbn Code : 1849017964
  • Number of Pages : 320
  • Category : Fiction
  • Reviews : 476
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More from Maurice and Bouncer, and the hapless Rev. Oughterard. Foreign parts and fresh imbroglios! This time the Rev Francis Oughterard, persuaded by blackmailing Nicholas Ingaza, journeys to the French Auvergne engaged on yet another project of dubious kind and painful embarrassment. Pursued by murderous thugs and ensnared in the posturings of a cranky religious sect, Francis and his new companions - plus stowaways Maurice and Bouncer - blunder their way through a network of absurd and perilous escapades which temporarily, at any rate, distract the vicar from his own dark secret... Praise for the series: 'I think this is tremendous - amusing and professional' Dame Beryl Bainbridge 'E F Benson crossed with Jerome K. Jerome' The Times audiobook review 'Perfect one-sitting summer read' Laura Wilson 'An intriguingly quirky read!' Leslie Phillips, OBE

You Don't Want to Know

By James Felton
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  • Publisher : Sphere
  • Isbn Code : 0751580791
  • Number of Pages : 288
  • Category : Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Reviews : 579
  • Pdf File: you-don-t-want-to-know.pdf

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With his trademark brand of bulldozer-banter, Twitter legend James Felton guides you through the most morbidly fascinating facts you'll then wish you could forget. Ever wondered why the chainsaw was invented?* How authorities dealt with a beached whale back in ye olde days of 1970?** Or what being a human decanter entails?*** Then you've come to the right place! Within these pages you'll find the maddest, strangest and downright grossest stories from history, nature and science that you don't want to know. (Except secretly you really do you masochistic, beastly person you.) Illustrated, painfully funny and drop-your-jaw ridiculous, this is trivia from the cesspit of time that you won't be able to stop reading once you start. *To aid childbirth. **They exploded it with 100 times too much dynamite and rained blubber down on unsuspecting people and buildings. ***Decency prevents us from answering this one here. You'll have to buy the book to find out.

A Usage Dictionary English-German / German-English - Gebrauchswörterbuch Englisch-Deutsch / Deutsch-Englisch

By Gabriele Stein
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  • Publisher : Walter de Gruyter
  • Isbn Code : 3110297027
  • Number of Pages : 2499
  • Category : Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Reviews : 497
  • Pdf File: a-usage-dictionary-english-german-german-english-gebrauchswörterbuch-englisch-deutsch-deutsch-englisch.pdf

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The dictionary is based on a new concept which takes into account recent developments and findings in lexicographical research. It combines the best features of monolingual and bilingual dictionaries as well as learner dictionaries. Every sense of a word is first fully explained and then provided with translation equivalents. The grammatical behaviour of the words, their construction patterns are described in a language that is clear and easy to understand. Every sense of a word, every construction pattern is illustrated with an example. These example sentences are given in English and German so that the word looked up is shown in actual use and the translation guarantees its understanding and promotes retention. Special care is taken to explain differences between English and German in language use and culture. A new reader-friendly layout ensures that users will easily and speedily find the answer to what they want to know.