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Rees, Nigel 1944-

Overview
Works: 98 works in 361 publications in 3 languages and 8,584 library holdings
Genres: Dictionaries  Terms and phrases  Quotations  Reference works  Humor  History 
Roles: Author, Composer, Author of introduction, Compiler, Other, Editor
Classifications: PE1689, 082
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Most widely held works by Nigel Rees
Cassell companion to quotations by Nigel Rees( Book )

5 editions published between 1997 and 1999 in English and held by 662 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of annotated quotations, providing the provenance, ascription, anecdotes, and other relevant information about the frequently used statements; arranged alphabetically by speaker or source, and indexed by keyword
Cassell's dictionary of word and phrase origins by Nigel Rees( Book )

19 editions published between 1992 and 2004 in 3 languages and held by 600 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

New and expanded, with over 1,200 words and colloquial expressions--including newcomers to the language--this dictionary starts where others give up. Ever wonder where the word "nerd" came from? Thank Dr. Seuss he coined it in the 1950s. Were you given the sack? That's the bag of tools returned to masons when they were fired. You'll also learn why we say someone "makes money hand over fist," and the origins of "the full monty," "cut the mustard," and many more!
Cassell's movie quotations by Nigel Rees( Book )

10 editions published between 2000 and 2002 in English and held by 424 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Collects over 4,000 quotations and common mis-quotations from the silent-movie era to the present, including movie lines and statements by or about stars, directors, and others from the motion picture industry
Cassell's humorous quotations by Nigel Rees( Book )

8 editions published between 2001 and 2003 in English and Undetermined and held by 411 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of more than five thousand humorous quotations from various sources about a variety of subjects
Brewer's quotations : a phrase and fable dictionary by Nigel Rees( Book )

7 editions published between 1994 and 1997 in English and Undetermined and held by 373 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Why do we say--? : words and sayings and where they come from by Nigel Rees( Book )

12 editions published between 1987 and 1989 in English and held by 357 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Discusses 500 colorful words and phrases
Cassell dictionary of clichés by Nigel Rees( Book )

7 editions published between 1996 and 1998 in English and held by 337 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An alphabetical guide to nearly one thousand expressions, including information on the origins and common usage of each
Dictionary of catchphrases by Nigel Rees( Book )

13 editions published between 1990 and 2002 in English and Undetermined and held by 283 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Brewer's famous quotations by Nigel Rees( Book )

8 editions published between 2006 and 2011 in English and held by 277 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Five thousand quotations and the stories behind them
Epitaphs : a dictionary of grave epigrams and memorial eloquence by Nigel Rees( Book )

9 editions published between 1993 and 1994 in English and held by 264 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A word in your shell-like : 6,000 curious & everyday phrases explained by Nigel Rees( Book )

7 editions published between 2004 and 2006 in English and held by 222 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Unravel the meaning, origin, and usage of over 6,000 phrases from book and film titles, idioms and cliches, to nicknames, slogans and quotations with this modern and entertaining guide to wonderful phrases by one of the world's best-known wordsmiths. The ideal replacement or complement to that tatty old copy of Brewer's Phrase and Fable most of us have about the house, A Word in Your Shell-Like is an entertaining look at both familiar and unfamiliar phrases by one of the key world authorities in English language reference. The articles also contain discussion of meaning, origin and usage. Who was originally 'sold down the river'' Have you been told to 'Naff off'' Find out of whom it was said 'he couldn't chew gum and fart at the same time', who the 'catcher in the rye' was, and what it means to be 'caught between wind and water'. Few other word reference books are likely to increase your store of knowledge with such fun
A man about a dog : euphemisms & other examples of verbal squeamishness by Nigel Rees( Book )

6 editions published between 2006 and 2008 in English and held by 209 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Bloomsbury dictionary of phrase & allusion by Nigel Rees( Book )

11 editions published between 1991 and 1993 in English and held by 204 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dictionary of popular phrases by Nigel Rees( Book )

12 editions published between 1990 and 1992 in English and held by 204 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Cassell dictionary of anecdotes by Nigel Rees( Book )

4 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 200 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Cassell dictionary of humorous quotations( Book )

1 edition published in 1998 in English and held by 168 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of humorous quotations on a variety of topics
The politically correct phrasebook : what they say you can and cannot say in the 1990s by Nigel Rees( Book )

10 editions published between 1993 and 1996 in English and Japanese and held by 162 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Cassell dictionary of word and phrase origins by Nigel Rees( Book )

8 editions published between 1987 and 1994 in English and held by 159 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Why do we say a person is the "spitting image" of someone else, or "take a rain check"? These questions are rarely answered by conventional dictionaries, but this book takes a wide-ranging approach to problems of etymology, challenging a few long-held theories on the way
Cassell's dictionary of catchphrases by Nigel Rees( Book )

3 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 151 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A revised, updated and expanded edition of Cassell's guide to some 1200 popular catchphrases
Phrases & sayings by Nigel Rees( Book )

8 editions published between 1995 and 1997 in English and held by 147 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Origins and use of everyday and proverbial expressions, stock and format phrases, nicknames, slogans, catchphrases, advertising slogans, etc
 
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Cassell companion to quotations
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Nigel Rees British writer and broadcaster

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Cassell's dictionary of word and phrase originsCassell's movie quotationsCassell's humorous quotationsBrewer's quotations : a phrase and fable dictionaryCassell dictionary of clichésDictionary of catchphrasesBrewer's famous quotationsEpitaphs : a dictionary of grave epigrams and memorial eloquence