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Idioms and Slang Dictionary by Farlex gives you definitions and examples from top sources like McGraw-Hill and Houghton Mifflin for more than 61,000 terms, including:
Idioms
Slang terms
Verbal phrases
Abbreviations
Proverbs
Clichés
Regionalisms
Colloquialisms
Expressions
Sayings
and more!

Get clear, in-depth definitions of tens of thousands of idioms used in the US and throughout English-speaking world. You say them every day, but do you know where they come from? Get the history behind the phrase.

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Here's a sneak-peak of what you'll find inside:

let the cat out of the bag
Give away a secret, as in "Mom let the cat out of the bag and told us Karen was engaged." This expression alludes to the dishonest practice of a merchant substituting a worthless cat for a valuable pig, which is discovered only when the buyer gets home and opens the bag. [Mid-1700s]

silver lining
An element of hope or a redeeming quality in an otherwise bad situation, as in "The rally had a disappointing turnout, but the silver lining was that those who came pledged a great deal of money." This metaphoric term is a shortening of "Every cloud has a silver lining," in turn derived from John Milton's Comus (1634): "A sable cloud turns forth its silver lining on the night."

a picture is worth a thousand words
A graphic illustration conveys a stronger message than words, as in "The book jacket is a big selling point—one picture is worth a thousand words." This saying was invented by an advertising executive, Fred R. Barnard. To promote his agency's ads he took out an ad in Printer's Ink in 1921 with the headline "One Look Is Worth a Thousand Words" and attributed it to an ancient Japanese philosopher. Six years later he changed it to "Chinese Proverb: One Picture Is Worth Ten Thousand Words," illustrated with some Chinese characters. The attribution in both was invented; Barnard simply believed an Asian origin would give it more credibility.

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What's New

Version 1.7

* Fixed bugs, including crash issue when starting without Internet connection.

Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5

94 Ratings

94 Ratings

Good app but needs some work

Queen popstar12345645

What made me want to download this app is that is looked very entertaining and looked like it could help me a lot with idioms. What I liked about this app is that when I wanted to know slang, or he definition of a word it helped me a lot. What I disliked about this app is that when I got to look up a word it either glitches or it pulls up an ad. There was another app I downloaded but it definitely was not as good as this app.!.!.

Perfect, except it must also be usable offline

A great, almost bug-less app!

I love this app. The only problem is that it won't allow me to access the meanings of most of the phrases and idioms offline. Upgrade the app for total offline use and I'll give it 5 stars.

It's useless, missing a key feature

Jennnn122345

You can't browse! You can only search for idioms that you already know. I wanted an app that allowed me to browse through idioms and phrases to learn NEW things, not just to type in phrases I already know about that I want to know the meaning of. I could just use Google for that. This app is useless really.

Information

Seller
Farlex, Inc.
Size
65.9 MB
Category
Reference
Compatibility
Requires iOS 9.1 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
Languages
English
Age Rating
Rated 12+ for the following:
Frequent/Intense Profanity or Crude Humor
Copyright
© 2016 Farlex, Inc.
Price
Free
In-App Purchases
  1. Ad-free upgrade $0.99

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