When an 800-pound gorilla wants to read a newspaper, where does it sit? Anywhere it wants! That children's joke is the origin of a common phrase that means, "someone or something so big and strong that it gets anything it wants." That is the definition, but to understand how the phrase is used, you need real-life examples. This friendly e-book has more than 3,800 carefully-chosen examples of more than 1,000 idiomatic phrases.
It also investigates how the "800-pound gorilla" became confused with the "elephant in the room." Learn what "mumbo jumbo" means and where it came from. Find out why "greasing someone's palm" may not be messy but may be illegal.
Americans love to use idioms, phrases that are colorful and mysterious. Idioms in the News is an indispensable resource
for students, teachers, and everyone who loves language.
The author, Peter Bengelsdorf, is a former newspaper editor and executive who has enjoyed a decade of teaching English to adults from around the world.