I have recently purchased a book called "The Describer's Dictionary : A Treasury of Terms & Literary Quotations"

It's an incredible book, but it's about "things" rather than, other words. Yes, I know that there is a thing called a thesaurus, but I also know that thesauruses have very general words.

Does anyone know of websites, books, forums, YouTube channels... Any type of resource that provides synonyms that are complex and involve more than one word?

I have been looking for a long time and generally all I can find is 1 or 2 posts every now and then for very specific words. Any help would be really great.

  • You seem to want to swim against the tide of Plain English and it occurs to me that a search for that term will unearth resources that less brave individuals would use for floating with the tide, and which you might use subversively. So where, for example, a Plain English Style Guide might advocate use rather than utilise you could go the other way. Commented Oct 27, 2021 at 7:30
  • Lots of thesauruses include phrasal verbs, idioms and other short phrases. thesaurus.com/browse/kick%20the%20bucket
    – Stuart F
    Commented Oct 27, 2021 at 8:29
  • This is a request for resources, so I've voted to migrate to meta. Commented Oct 27, 2021 at 12:59
  • It's not exactly what you're looking for, but you should check out phrontistery.info to "find that half-remembered rare or obscure word you've been looking for, or to read and explore essays on language, linguistics, and culture."
    – ColleenV
    Commented Oct 27, 2021 at 16:01
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    Collins Cobuild Dictionary, as well as giving the now usual list of synonyms, gives sentential definitions rather than synonym definitions. Here, << throw: VERB When you throw an object that you are holding, you move your hand or arm quickly and let go of the object, so that it moves through the air. >> Commented Oct 27, 2021 at 16:04


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