walking encyclopedia

walking encyclopedia

A very knowledgeable person, as in Ask Rob-he's a walking encyclopedia of military history. A similar expression, a walking dictionary, was used by George Chapman in his poem "Tears of Peace" (c. 1600).
See also: walking
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He's like a walking encyclopedia of state and city facts.
A walking encyclopedia of Welsh equine bloodlines, Wynne's tales include how, in Libya, he was chauffeured in one of Colonel Gadaffi's government cars and how, on the Brecon Beacons, he combined pony rounding-up duties with cross-country training for his students.
A walking encyclopedia of Welsh equine bloodlines, Wynne has his share of amusing tales, such as the time an escaped stallion swam across the river Usk.
We got a real feel for Tobago with our tour guide Hans Phillips - a walking encyclopedia on all the island's flora and fauna.
True you can do these trails on your own, signing up for a tour with a walking encyclopedia of a guide from Kia Ora Guided City Walks at these biological hotspots adds nuance.
No, we don't mean that you are a walking Encyclopedia Britannica.
Ramona Kenady Lane was a walking encyclopedia of rules and procedures for the Oregon House of Representatives, having served as the chamber's chief clerk for 29 years.
In fact, well into the flight I began to feel sorry for this walking encyclopedia.
Come Friday and you can have all these perplexing questions -- and a lot more -- answered at the innovative session at the InterContinental in Dubai Festival City where the walking encyclopedia of Emirates etiquette, also known as Ali AlSaloom, will take the floor.
The best predictors of program attrition for programs with five or more attendees included interpreters' lack of responsiveness to the audience, inaudibility, false assumptions about the audience, the identity of the walking encyclopedia, inappropriate logistics, the use of props, slow pace, lack of interpreter confidence, a lack of organization of the program, and an unexpected negative circumstance (see Tables 17 and 18).
Known for his razor sharp intellect, Pranab, a quintessential Congressman, is variously described as a walking encyclopedia, chronicler of Congress history, expert in matters of Constitution and governance and a stickler for rules in Parliament.
Jonathan Miller--a walking encyclopedia of city housing stats--has launched MillerQA, a company that will offer live seminars and webcasts on the housing market.
As the series editor states, it would take an encyclopedia to do justice to the 17th century philosopher who was considered to be a walking encyclopedia on physics, math, and other subjects as well.
I'm amazed by stuff you find in the loaner library," says employee Tony Nittoli, who like everyone working at the store is a walking encyclopedia of film and/or television knowledge.