Containing 5,000 idioms, alphabetically arranged by key word, this book covers metaphorical phrases, familiar quotations and proverbs, and similes. It provides meanings for well-kwn idioms such as set the world alight, cost an arm and a leg, once in a blue moon, the tip of the iceberg, and many more. A date of origin is often given and many entries are supported by illustrative quotations from sources as varied as the Bible, Spectator, and Agatha Christie. Full of fascinating facts, this dictionary is ideal for anyone with an interest in the origins of words and phrases. The arrangement of words alphabetically by key word means easy browsing. It focuses on British English, but also covers US English and other variants, e.g. cut to the chase and make a Virginia fence. Histories of well-kwn idioms are provided.