For example the figure of speech " One swallow doesn't make a summer" is British English. Similarly the figure of speech 'All hat and no cattle" is American English.

Is there any source from where we can find out if the phrase or figure of speech is American or British?

closed as off-topic by Edwin Ashworth, choster, Chenmunka, Drew, Margana Aug 16 '15 at 16:05

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  • Apparently, one swallow does not a summer make comes from a remark by Aristotle (384 BCE - 322 BCE), so it predates even the English language, let alone the discovery of America. – FumbleFingers Aug 13 '15 at 15:53
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    It's called the internet. The problem with your request is that it is impractical. Some figures of speech are used in both countries. Not only that but some figures of speech are used only in part of Britain or part of America. – chasly from UK Aug 13 '15 at 16:01
  • "Some figures of speech are used in both countries" Some are, but there are several that are not. – DSarkar Aug 13 '15 at 17:53
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    I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it's a request for resources. – Edwin Ashworth Aug 13 '15 at 18:57
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    Off topic, why? The rules section of this community clearly states that questions related to Dialects can be asked english.stackexchange.com/tour A phrase is a dialect coz it is a regional or social variety of a language – DSarkar Aug 13 '15 at 19:20

I don't know of anything that would directly answer such questions, but maybe you could do it by process of elimination using as a resource the reference work Dictionary of American Regional English, a four-volume work that attempts to collect Americanisms.

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