Common English Phrases and Idioms in Top World Literature – with Example Sentences

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This great collection of English sentences will help students and writers learn English phrases and Idioms and their usage by examples from world’s top literature. There are some 1,200+ idioms with 20,000+ sentence examples in the database complied from top 98 selected books written by the 83 world famous authors.

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Definition of Idioms are also available. Length of the example sentences are between 30 and 128 characters. Being less than 140 characters twitter limits, these sentence examples are suitable for twits. Sentences were compiled from the following sources:

Book Title Author
A Christmas Carrol Charles Dickens
A Prayer for Owen Meany John Winslow Irving
A Tale of Two Cities Charles Dickens
A Town Like Alice Nevil Shute
Alice in Wonderland Lewis Carroll
Animal Farm George Orwell
Anna Karenina Leo Tolstoy
Artemis Fowl Eoin Colfer
Black Beauty Anna Sewell
Brideshead Revisited Evelyn Waugh
Bridget Jones’s Diary Helen Fielding
Captain Corelli’s Mandolin Louis de Bernieres
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Roald Dahl
Crime and Punishment Fyodor Dostoevsky
David Copperfield Charles Dickens
Don Quixote Miguel de Cervantes
Dracula Bram Stoker
Dubliners James Joyce
Emma Jane Austen
Eugenie Grandet Honore de Balzac
Frankenstein or the Modern Prom Mary Wollstonecraft (Godwin)
Gone With the Wind Margaret Mitchell
Good Night Mr. Tom Michelle Magorian
Good Omens Terry Pratchett
Great Expectations Charles Dickens
Grimm’s Fairy Stories Pub. by the Grimm brothers
Gulliver’s Travels Jonathan Swift
Heidi Johanna Spyri
Holes Louis Sachar
Huckleberry Finn Mark Twain
Jane Eyre Charlotte Bronte
Kane And Abel Jeffrey Archer
Les Misrables Victor Hugo
Little Women Louisa May Alcott
Lord of the Flies Arthur P. Ziegler Jr.
Love in the Time of Cholera Grabriel Garcia Marquez
Madame Bovary Gustave Flaubert
Memoirs of a Geisha Arthur Golden
Memoirs of Fanny Hill John Cleland
Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Metamorphosis Franz Kafka
Middlemarch George Eliot
Midnight’s children Salman Rushdie
Moby Dick Herman Mellville
Nineteen Eighty-Four George Orwell
Northanger Abbey Jane Austen
Nostromo Joseph Conrad
Notes from the Underground Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Of Mice and Men John Steinbeck
Oliver Twist Charles Dickens
Paradise Lost John Milton
Pinocchio Carlo Collodi
Pride and Prejudice Jane Austen
Rebecca Daphne Du Maurier
Siddhartha Hermann Hesse
Tales of Terror and Mystery Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Tess of the D’urbervilles Thomas Hardy
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer Mark Twain
The Autumn of the Patriarch Gabriel Garcia Marquez
The Call of the Wild Jack London
The Catcher in the Rye Jeff Marsden
The Chronicles of Narnia C. S. Lewis
The Colour of Magic Terry Pratchett
The Count of Monte Cristo Alexandre Dumas
The Da Vinci Code Dan Brown
The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Hitchhikers Guide To The Ga Vladimir Romanov
The Jungle Upton Sinclair
The Jungle Book Rudyard Kipling
The Last of the Mohicans James Fenimore Cooper
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow Washington Irving
The Lord of the Rings JRR Tolkien
The Lost World Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
The Moonstone Wilkie Collins
The Phantom of the Opera Gaston Leroux
The Picture of Dorian Gray Oscar Wilde
The Pilgrim’s Progress John Bunyan
The Provost John Galt
The Ragged Trousered Philanthro Robert Tressell
The Return of Sherlock Holmes Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
The Scarlet Letter Nathaniel Hawthorne
The Stand Stephen King
The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll Robert Louis Stevenson
The Thirty-nine Steps John Buchan
The Thorn Birds Colleen Mc Cullough
The Turn of the Screw Henry James
The War of the Worlds H. G. Wells
The Wind in the Willows Kenneth Grahame
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz L. Frank Baum
To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee
Treasure Island Robert Louis Stevenson
Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea Jules Verne
Ulysses James Joyce
Vanity Fair William Makepeace Thackeray
War and Peace Leo Tolstoy
Watership Down Richard Adams
World without End Ken Follet
Wuthering Heights Emily Bronte

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Data Structure:Data is presented in the following structure:

Field Data Type Description
Idiom Character (60) Common English Phrases and Idioms
Idiom Definition Character (255) Definitions of the Idiom, sometimes from multiple sources
Sentence Character (128) Sentences are between 30 and 128 character long
Book Title Character (100) Source of the example sentence
Author Character (100) Author of the book

In addition to the above structure, idiom definitions are also available in normalized form in the database as below:

Field Data Type Description
Idiom Character (60) Common English Phrases and Idioms
Idiom Definition Character (255) Definitions of the idiom, sometimes from multiple sources

Total Records:

There are some 1,200+ idioms with 20,000+ sentence examples in the database complied from top 98 selected books written by the 83 world famous authors.

Sample Records:

Idiom Idiom Definition Sentence Book Title Author
a breach of promise the breaking of a promise which may also be a breach of contract TOO MUCH, I am afraid; for what becomes of the moral, if our comfort springs from a breach of promise? Pride and Prejudice Jane Austen
a great deal much; a lot A young woman who was selling numbers for the raffle of an accordion greeted him with a great deal of familiarity. The Autumn of the Patriarch Gabriel Garcia Marquez
a great deal much; a lot One can forgive a great deal for the sake of such moments. Notes from the Underground Fyodor Dostoyevsky
spitting image exact resemblance This short dialogue reveals that in my mania for the Nautilus, I was turning into the spitting image of its commander. Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea Jules Verne
stand a chance have a possibility When they get here you won’t stand a chance. Watership Down Richard Adams
wrapped up in thinking about or interested only in one thing I saw it lying there wrapped up in paper. Crime and Punishment Fyodor Dostoevsky
wrapped up in thinking about or interested only in one thing Amaranta was too wrapped up in the eggplant patch of her memories to understand those subtle apologetics. The Autumn of the Patriarch Gabriel Garcia Marquez
carry on continue; keep doing something as before Not a napkin should he carry on his arm, but a buckler. Moby Dick Herman Mellville
carry on continue; keep doing something as before We wouldn’t have a brother any more, then, but we could carry on with our lives and remember him with respect. Metamorphosis Franz Kafka
down the line straight ahead; in the future Jurgis went down the line with the rest of the visitors, staring openmouthed, lost in wonder. The Jungle Upton Sinclair
down the line straight ahead; in the future They walked swiftly down the line of carriages, glancing in at the windows, until the guard, John Palmer, overtook them. Tales of Terror and Mystery Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
in the hole in debt; owing money It was dark in the hole; and Rikki-tikki never knew when it might open out and give Nagaina room to turn and strike at him. The Jungle Book Rudyard Kipling
in the hole in debt; owing money He hardly dared to look at what was framed in the hole in the sheet. Midnight’s children Salman Rushdie
in the saddle in command; in control Jos, a clumsy and timid horseman, did not look to advantage in the saddle. Vanity Fair William Makepeace Thackeray
in the saddle in command; in control in the saddle, miles away from the homestead; camping at nightPaddy and the boys loved it. The Thorn Birds Colleen Mc Cullough

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