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Brewer's Dictionary of Modern Phrase & Fable (2 ed.)

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2011

A comedy film (1979) starring Dudley Moore as a sexually obsessed middle-aged composer who marks his girls 1

1848

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The Oxford Companion to Italian Literature

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Current Version:
2005
Subject:
Literature
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115 words

The most celebrated and widespread of the 19th-c. European revolutions proved also a crucial turning point in the Italian Risorgimento

1915

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The Oxford Companion to Australian Literature (2 ed.)

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2005
Subject:
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523 words

a novel by Roger McDonald, was first published in 1979, and won the Age Book of the Year

1919

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The Oxford Companion to American Literature (6 ed.)

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Current Version:
2004
Subject:
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359 words

novel by Dos Passos published in 1932. It is the second in the trilogy U.S.A. (collected 1938), including

1919

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The Concise Oxford Companion to American Literature

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Current Version:
2002
Subject:
Literature
Length:
281 words

novel by Dos Passos published in 1932. It is the second in the trilogy U.S.A. (collected 1938), including The 42nd Parallel...

1968

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The Oxford Companion to Italian Literature

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Current Version:
2005
Subject:
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Length:
198 words

was the year of protest par excellence. As in 1848, social revolt spread through the peninsula while also taking

1984

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Brewer's Dictionary of Modern Phrase & Fable (2 ed.)

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2011

A year of the 20th century long regarded as apocalyptic and entered as such in the Oxford English Dictionary.

24/7

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Brewer's Dictionary of Modern Phrase & Fable (2 ed.)

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2011

Every day; all the time. The reference is to something that occurs or is available 24 hours a day, seven

4′ 33′′

4′ 33′′   Reference library

Brewer's Dictionary of Modern Phrase & Fable (2 ed.)

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2011

A controversial and certainly unusual work by the US composer John Cage (1912–92), scored for any instrument or

404

404   Reference library

Brewer's Dictionary of Modern Phrase & Fable (2 ed.)

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2011

A slang term for someone who is clueless. It derives from the World Wide Web error message ‘404 not found’,

4×4

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Brewer's Dictionary of Modern Phrase & Fable (2 ed.)

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2011

Shorthand for ‘four by four’, as a colloquialism for a four-wheel drive vehicle, i.e. one that provides power directly from

7/7

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Brewer's Dictionary of Modern Phrase & Fable (2 ed.)

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2011

The designation given by the press to the London bombings of 7 July 2005, on the model of 9/11

7:84

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Brewer's Dictionary of Modern Phrase & Fable (2 ed.)

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2011

A radical touring theatre company founded in 1971 by the left-wing British playwright John McGrath (1935–2002). The name

900

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The Oxford Companion to Italian Literature

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Current Version:
2005
Subject:
Literature
Length:
206 words

(1926–9).

Literary journal founded in Rome by Curzio Malaparte and Massimo Bontempelli, though Malaparte quickly lost interest.

9/11

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Brewer's Dictionary of Modern Phrase & Fable (2 ed.)

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2011

The predominant shorthand way of referring to September 11 2001, the day on which Al-Qaida launched airborne attacks on the

99

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Brewer's Dictionary of Modern Phrase & Fable (2 ed.)

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2011

An ice cream with a chocolate flake in it. The ‘99’ was originally so called because the flake it carried

999

999   Reference library

Brewer's Dictionary of Modern Phrase & Fable (2 ed.)

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2011

In Britain and Ireland the telephone number for summoning the emergency services (police, ambulance or fire brigade). It was introduced

A

A   Reference library

Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase & Fable (19 ed.)

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2013

This letter evolved from the Hebrew and Phoenician character known as aleph, ‘ox’, supposedly because it originally represented an

à

à Fr prep   Reference library

The Oxford Dictionary of Original Shakespearean Pronunciation

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Current Version:
2016

a

sp a9, a[sture]

A

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Oxford Dictionary of English Idioms (3 ed.)

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Current Version:
2010

A1 excellent; first-rate. The full form of this expression is A1 at Lloyd's. In Lloyd's Register of Shipping, the

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