Dictionary of idiomatic English phrases
|Dictionary of idiomatic English phrases|
From the introduction:
The materials of this work wore originally collated in Jajian to assist my students in their English studies, and a Japanese edition of the Dictionary appeared in the year 1888.
The phrases that recur so often in English books and in conversation, conveying meaning to the native English ear which a rational dissection of their component parts quite fails to supply, had not previously been collected in a handy volume. An excellent work, it is true, by a Chinaman, Kwong^s Dictionary of English Phrases came out about ten years ago.
The author received in its compilation valuable help from eminent American scholars, and its definitions and examples are excellent.
The objections to the work are, first, that British, as distinguished from American phrases, are conspicuous by their absence; secondly, that the arrangement is arbitrary and confusing; thirdly, that the examples, though apt and good in themselves, do not bear the A-ery useful imprimatur of some well-known author's name.
They are made for tlie occasions, instead of having been picked up in reading. A fourth objection to the work is, that it is largely made up of definitions of single words.
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