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have swallowed a dictionary

To be apt to incorporate long, difficult words into one's speech. That guy sounds like he's swallowed a dictionary—none of the kids can follow what he's saying.
See also: dictionary, have, swallow

a walking dictionary

A person who has a very large vocabulary or knows the definition of many words and who can recite them when asked. You should ask my brother what it means—he's a walking dictionary! Compared to most sixteen-year-olds, Sarah is a walking dictionary. She must read a lot in her spare time.
See also: dictionary, walking

a walking encyclopedia

A person who has a very large and detailed knowledge of a diverse array of facts and who can recite them when asked. Lily's like a walking encyclopedia when it comes to reptiles.

a walking dictionary

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a walking encyclopedia

If you describe someone as a walking dictionary or a walking encyclopedia, you mean that they know a lot of words or facts. She raised five of us on her own and she's a walking dictionary. He was a walking encyclopedia of music, full of wit and charm. Note: People sometimes use other words instead of dictionary or encyclopedia. He's a walking database on anything relating to insurance.
See also: dictionary, walking

have swallowed a dictionary

use long and obscure words when speaking. informal
See also: dictionary, have, swallow

a walking ˈdictionary, encycloˈpedia, etc.

(informal) used to describe a human or living example of the thing mentioned: Geoff is a walking encyclopedia. He knows about everything.She’s a walking dictionary (= she knows a lot of words).
See also: walking

swallow the dictionary

tv. to acquire an enormous vocabulary. (Usually in the past tense.) My uncle says I’ve swallowed the dictionary. That’s because I know so many big words.
See also: dictionary, swallow
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see also Solan, supra note 30, at 2056 ("The problem with using dictionaries to determine the ordinary meaning of a word .
See Thumma & Kirchmeier, supra note 9, at 296 ("Although dictionaries cannot provide the end point in defining terms, dictionaries are a proper and useful source in determining what a word may mean.
we publish over 500 dictionaries, thesauruses and language reference titles in more than 40 languages and in a variety of print and electronic formats so that readers can access information in the most convenient way.
Decisions about the format of the OED are made independently of other dictionaries in our ranges".
When training samples for each class are enough, test samples are locally coded into all class dictionaries.
In this section, we review two types of dictionaries, shared dictionary and class-specific dictionary.
Sparse representation of signals in terms of redundant dictionaries is fast evolving research area which produced very high impactful results in the field of image and signal processing [1].
This leads towards dictionaries that are highly structured and numerically fast implementation.
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reference materials for lexicographers suggest that dictionaries are not
Finally, the Article analyzes whether the Court's patterns of inconsistent dictionary usage, and its tendency to cherry-pick definitions that support results reached on other grounds, distinguish dictionaries from high-profile interpretive resources such as canons and legislative history that have been criticized on a similar basis.
Over the past twenty-five years, the Supreme Court has substantially increased its use of dictionaries when construing statutory text.
The top twenty most viewed word definitions on the free-to-access Oxford Dictionaries Online site during January, February, and March 2013 were:
This was also one of the first dictionaries that used a team of workers and volunteers to collaborate on a huge project stretching over many decades.
Most early lexicographers were schoolmasters who assembled glossaries or dictionaries as teaching aids for their students, as little else was obtainable.