>BTW the "social lion" can also be found in Slovnik ceske frazeologie a
idiomatiky (which lists English, German, French and Russian equivalents if
there are any).
I must admit I never used this phrase in my life before until I answered
>Which dictionary - Brewer's?
I have an edition called the "Wordsworth Dictionary of Phrase and Fable"
which is based on
Brewer's with the addition of more recent phrases such as "golden
handshake", "mods and
rockers", "brain drain", "four-letter words", "hobbit", "Oxbridge",
"redbrick university" and the like, as well as phrases of Irish, Welsh,
American and Commonwealth origin. It comes in the cheap paperback Wordsworth
Reference series - I picked it up for a mere two pounds.
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