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English Idioms & Idiomatic Expressions


Body idioms

Face - Cheek - Chin


Face
face like a bulldog chewing a wasp To say that someone has a face like a bulldog chewing a wasp means that you find them very unattractive because they have a screwed-up ugly expression on their face.
Not only was he rude but he had a face like a bulldog chewing a wasp!
face like thunder If someone has a face like thunder, they look very angry.
When Dad is really angry, he has a face like thunder!
face like a wet week-end If someone has a face like a wet week-end, they look sad and miserable.
What's wrong with Pete? He's got a face like a wet week-end!
face only a mother could love This is a humorous way of saying that someone is ugly or unattractive.
The poor guy has a face only a mother could love.
face that would stop a clock Someone who has a face that would stop a clock has a shockingly unattractive face.
You'll recognize him - he's tall and thin, with a face that would stop a clock!
face the music If you have to face the music, you have to accept the unpleasant consequences of your actions.
He was caught stealing.  Now he has to face the music.
face value If you take something at its face value, you assume that it is genuinely what it appears to be.
The car seems to be in good condition, but don't take it at its face value;  get a mechanic to check it out.
change the face of When an innovation, discovery or event changes the face of something, it alters it completely or in a major way.
Social networks have changed the face of modern communication.
blow up in face When working on a plan or project, if it suddenly goes wrong or fails, it blows up in your face.
He accepted to organise the trip, but it blew up in his face when the airline company went on strike.
brave face When confronted with difficulties, if you put on a brave face, you try to look cheerful and pretend that the situation is not as bad as it looks.
Even at the worst of times she put on a brave face.
poker face If you have a poker face, you show no emotion at all.
All during the trial the criminal kept a poker face.
save face When someone saves face, they manage to avoid humiliation or embarrassment and preserve both their dignity and the respect of others.
They allowed him to save face by accepting his resignation.
straight face If you keep a straight face, you look serious although you really want to laugh.
Our teacher was dressed so strangely that it was hard to keep a straight face!
two-faced Someone who is two-faced is deceitful or insincere;  they will say one thing to your face and something else when you are not there.
I don't trust Billy.  I find him two-faced.
Cheek
cheek by jowl When people are cheek by jowl, they are crammed uncomfortably close together.
The refugees are living cheek by jowl in a temporary camp.
Chin
take it on the chin When you take it on the chin, you are brave and accept adversity, criticism or defeat without complaining.
When his contract was not renewed, Mark took it on the chin.


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