Editor's Preface Abbreviations Introduction Dictionary Bibliography Thematic Index
Jennifer Speake is a freelance writer. She was the editor of the first editions of The Oxford Dictionary of Foreign Words and Phrases (1997) and The Oxford Dictionary of Idioms (1999).
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