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Is there such a thing as a thesaurus for phrases?

Asked by AstroChuck (37296points) June 5th, 2009 from iPhone

I’m looking for either a book or an online site.
Example: You could look up “Raring to go” and it would list other figures of speech such as “Chomping at the bit” and other sayings that share its meaning.
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Lightlyseared's avatar

If there isn’t there should be.

Ummmm's avatar

No I don’t believe there is

gailcalled's avatar

Ask Jeruba, Harp, Marina, Breedmitch, (and jp for the vernacular).

augustlan's avatar

What an excellent idea. I hope Jeruba tells us that such a thing exists!

Jeruba's avatar

Roget’s (the real Roget’s) Thesaurus contains phrases as well as single words. I still swear by the book—the original version organized according to Kant’s categories and not the so-called “dictionary” version—for all the insights into language it gives.

Also, there is Brewer’s Dictionary of Phrase and Fable for the origin and meaning of phrasal expressions and idioms. It is British in origin but contains many expressions that Americans know and use. I’ve had to annotate mine a fair amount over the years, but I still love it as a source, especially because it explains what the expressions really mean as well as how we use them.

gailcalled's avatar

I wasn’t clear. I meant that instead of a formal book, our fluther Thesaurusanians can pull phrases from their enormous memory bank.

Zen's avatar

“You might like this website and email subscription of a phrase a week:” http://www.phrases.org.uk/a-phrase-a-week/subscribe.html

PandoraBoxx's avatar

This seems to be a good site, especially for those learning to speak English.

http://www.usingenglish.com/reference/idioms/

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