walking encyclopedia

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walking encyclopedia

A very knowledgeable person, as in Ask Robhe'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).

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
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