The (O)ALD seems to be the only general monolingual English dictionary which shows stress patterns for idioms. This feature was introduced in the 3rd edition of the ALD in 1974.
For this blog entry I've chosen 10 randomly selected idioms to be checked against the various editions of the dictionary.
|beat sb at their own 'game||—||0||1||1||1||1|
|a 'bone to pick with sb||0||1||1||1||1||1|
|make one's 'blood run cold||1||0||0||0||0||0|
|eyes in the back of your 'head||—||1||1||1||1||1|
|a good 'head on one's shoulders||1||1||1||1||1||1|
|'other fish to fry1||1||1||1, 'fry||1, 'fry||1, 'fry||1, 'fry|
|a 'pretty kettle of fish||1||1||—||—||—||—|
|paddle one's 'own canoe||1||1, ca'noe||1, ca'noe||—||—||—|
|not the only pebble on the 'beach||—||0||1||—||—||—|
|stew in one's own 'juice||0||1||1||1||1||1|
— = not listed
0 = listed but without stress mark
1 = listed with stress mark
If a word is underlined, I checked its dictionary entry
And, finally, idioms in Downton Abbey, series 2, episode 1:
As you can hear, Lady Mary Crawley stresses the word 'other' in the idiom 'other fish to fry', not 'fry'. Michelle Dockery. the actress, seems to have consulted ALD3 or OALD4 while she prepared her role as Lady Mary.
1In ALD3 and OALD4 the main stress is on other, whereas in OALD5ff. it's on fry