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[17.] Harper Collins (1995) Collins COBUILD English Dictionary (2nd edition).
(2.) The dictionaries consulted were the Collins Cobuild English Dictionary (1990), the Cambridge Dictionaries Online ( and the Merriam Webster Dictionary Online (, among others.
Sinclair, Collins Cobuild English Dictionary for Advanced Learners, Harper Collins, 3rd edition, 2001.
See also Sinclair and his team working on the Cobuild English Dictionary Project at Birmingham, UK (Sinclair, 1991).
Collins Cobuild Advanced Learner's English Dictionary, 2004.
According to the definition in Collins Cobuild Dictionary, an 'idiom is s group of words, which have a different meaning when used together from the one they would have, if they took the meaning of each word separately.'
Stubbs used the huge Cobuild subcorpus of 200 million words, and yet he suspected that word collocations are closely connected with text type and the collocational peculiarities of seeks largely result from the ads section in the newspaper texts in the corpus (Stubbs 2001:28).
Consider, for example the following definition of starlet in the COBUILD dictionary (1995): "a young actress who is expected to become a film star in the future".