By Christine Ammer
Senior second. imagine outdoor the box. Idioms like those can't be understood simply from the phrases that cause them to up. The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms explores the meanings of idioms, together with phrasal verbs comparable to kick back, proverbs akin to too many chefs damage the broth, interjections corresponding to tough beans, and figures of speech resembling elephant within the room. because the ebook of the 1st variation 15 years in the past, writer Christine Ammer has made wide revisions that replicate new ancient scholarship and adjustments within the English language. This moment variation defines over 10,000 idiomatic expressions in better aspect than the other dictionary to be had this present day. English language freshmen will locate this dictionary particularly necessary.
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Zenas Leonard began his trapping career with the Gantt and Blackwell Company in 1831, but the company dissolved within a year. Leonard was a free trapper for a little more than a year before joining Captain Benjamin L. E. de Bonneville’s group, which lasted until Leonard’s return home in 1835. 20 Westward Expansion: Primary Sources Excerpt from Zenas Leonard Fur Trader Of the adventures of a company of 70 men, who left St. Louis in the spring of 1831, on an expedition to the Rocky Mountains, for the purpose of trapping for furs, and trading with the Indians, by one of the company, MR.
Merciless savages: Leonard is referring negatively to Native Americans. On New Years Day, notwithstanding our horses were nearly all dead, as being fully satisfied that the few that were yet living must die soon, we concluded to have a feast in our best style; for which purpose we made preparation by sending out four of our best hunters, to get a choice piece of meat for the occasion. These men killed ten buffalo, from which they selected one of the fattest humps they could find and brought in, and after roasting it handsomely before the fire, we all seated ourselves upon the ground, encircling, what we there called a splendid repast to dine upon.
8, 19, 23, 35–36, 75, 289–90, 303, 337, 409, 463, 477] What happened next . . Plyed: Spelled plied; worked. Dexterity: Skill. Rounds: Shots. Blunder buts: Spelled blunderbuss; a short musket of wide bore and flaring muzzle used to scatter shot at close range. Provisions: Food and supplies needed for the next leg of the journey. Vie: Compete. 16 Lewis and Clark’s expedition was only the first to chronicle the geography and nature of the West; other explorers soon followed. Between 1806 and 1807 Zebulon Pike (1779–1813) led an expedition west of the Mississippi River that extended into northern New Spain.