by Marvin Terban
Go fly a kite? In the nick of time? Mind your p's and q's? Our speech is peppered with idioms that liven up our language. Since they don't really mean what they say, idioms can trip even the native English-speaker. Marvin Terban makes understanding idioms "as easy as pie" with the revised SCHOLASTIC DICTIONARY OF IDIOMS. Explanations for, and origins of, more than 700 everyday American idioms, complete with kid-friendly sample sentences. The entries are amusing as well as educational. Alphabetical listing and cross-referencing index makes finding idioms a "piece of cake."