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have swallowed a dictionary

To use an extensive vocabulary, especially by incorporating uncommon 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.

swallow the dictionary

To have and utilize a very extensive vocabulary; to use a variety of long, complicated, or uncommon words in one's speech. She must have swallowed a dictionary, because it was very hard to follow along with all the big words she was throwing around. Why do you always have to talk to use like you swallowed a dictionary?
See also: dictionary, swallow

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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"Through this partnership, Oxford dictionary content will help support the 55 million users of U-Dictionary globally.
'The online content featured in the Urban Dictionary is contributed by anyone who has access to their website, and voted upon by unaccredited editors,' Andanar said in a statement.
Meanwhile, Panelo said he has yet to determine if the word duterte as defined in Urban Dictionary refers to the President alone or his family.
O'Conner said in a review for The New York Times that Martin's account of the dictionary feuds of the 19th century "is as lively and entertaining as the battle itself."
Officials of the board, which functions under the Ministry of Information, Broadcasting, National History and Literary Heritage, told The Express Tribune that many of the new words included in the dictionary have been recently introduced into common parlance by the media; such as 'sahulatkar' for a facilitator.
Punjab Minister for Information and Culture Samsam Bukhari appreciated the publication of the dictionary, saying the Punjab government would continue its support to launch such literary projects aimed at promoting mother language, art and culture of Punjab.
We got just four hits, all of them referring to an entry in "A Dictionary of Simplified Spelling, based on the publications of the United States Bureau of Education and the rules of the American Philological Association and the Simplified Spelling Board", which appears to be a 1915 publication.
Therefore, ISLRTC has developed an ISL Dictionary for Deaf people and Hearing people, offering them the maximum words to learn and expressing their feelings, ideas etc.
Irfan Siddiqui said this dictionary will be a knowledge treasure for the students, researchers and those who want to discover the intricacies of Urdu language.
He lauded Advisor to Prime Minister on National History and Literary Heritage Irfan Siddiqui under whose patronage Editor-in-chief of Urdu Dictionary Board Aqeel Abbas Jaffery accomplished the strenuous project of digitalization of 22 editions of the dictionary.
He announced that a concise Urdu dictionary for daily usage will also be compiled soon to facilitate students and masses.
President Mamnoon said languages are the source of identity for literature and culture and expressed satisfaction that digitalisation of Urdu dictionary would help the new generation get a detailed know-how about the language.He lauded Advisor to Prime Minister on National History and Literary Heritage Irfan Siddiqui, under whose patronage Editor-in-chief of Urdu Dictionary Board Aqeel Abbas Jaffery accomplished the strenuous project of digitalisation of 22 editions of the dictionary.
The Oxford University Press (OUP) has launched online Urdu dictionary. An official of OUP Pakistan, Zehra Nasim Haque has said.
The dictionaries discussed bring to the forefront the epistemological function of a dictionary due to the specificity of their users who are bearers of the Saami culture but have no command of the Saami language presented in the dictionary.
Sutlive, 2016, A Comprehensive Iban-English Dictionary. Kuching: The Dayak Cultural Foundation in cooperation with The Tun Jugah Foundation.