A Dictionary of Catch Phrases
British and American, from the Sixteenth Century to the Present Day
A catch phrase is a well-known, frequently-used phrase or saying that has `caught on' or become popular over along period of time. It is often witty or philosophical and this Dictionary gathers together over 7,000 such phrases.
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