This absorbing collection of metaphors includes a variety of expressions with figurative meanings, like similes, proverbs, slang and catchphrases. It is the result of a lifetime of work on dialect and metaphor and gives an overview of the folk wisdom expressed in figurative expressions.
The purpose of this dictionary and thesaurus of contemporary figurative language and metaphor
is to identify all the words and phrases used figuratively and metaphorically in everyday
contemporary English and to categorize each word or phrase not only by meaning but also by
what cognitive linguists and others have described variously as figure and ground, target and
source, physical basis and domain, in order to provide a reference for English as a Second
Language (ESL) and English as a Foreign Language (EFL) teachers.