Thesaurus of English Idioms
Thread poster: BrianHayden

United States
Russian to English
Jan 11, 2014

Can anyone recommend a thesaurus of English idioms?


LilianNekipelov  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 16:42
Russian to English
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Hi. Do you mean a thesaurus, or Jan 12, 2014

more of an idiom book? In a thesaurus the idioms would be arranged in such a way that you could almost use them interchangeably. Any of the printed books of idioms are good. If you just want to understand the American idioms, books are all good --the ones that you can buy in a bookstore--I 'm not so sure if it is the same with the resources online. If you want to use those idioms, however, you may have to hear them first used in real conversations, in the movies, or in real life. Otherwise, they may sound ridiculous sometimes, if somebody uses them wrongly, or even just overuses them, or switches the registers.

[Edited at 2014-01-12 09:32 GMT]


United States
Russian to English
I need a thesaurus... Jan 12, 2014

... as opposed to simply a dictionary. I need something where the idioms are arranged by theme or meaning rather than alphabetical order.

[Edited at 2014-01-13 05:21 GMT]


United States
Russian to English
It doesn't have to have "thesaurus" in the title... Jan 21, 2014

Are there any dictionaries of English idioms that arrange their entries thematically rather than alphabetically? There just has to be a few of them around. Perhaps putting "thesaurus" in the subject title threw people off.


Tiffany Hardy  Identity Verified
Local time: 22:42
Spanish to English
GRE word groups Jan 21, 2014

I see you are not getting much help here and I'm afraid I don't have much to offer either, but I will mention something your question brings to mind.

Many years ago I was studying to take the GRE to get into graduate school and I recall studying word groups for the vocabulary section of the test. You might try to find a GRE test preparation book that groups words by meanings.

Hope this helps.


Michael Beijer  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
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Dutch to English
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a few options… Feb 10, 2014

Hi Brian,

How about these:,p_28:dictionary%20of%20english%20idioms,p_30:longman



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