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English Idioms & Idiomatic Expressions


Comparisons - Similarity

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(Idioms page 2 :  as free as a bird → as quick as a dog can lick)

as free as a bird If someone is as free as a bird, they are completely free to do as they please.
My dad's very happy - he's as free as a bird since he retired.
as fresh as a daisy A Freudian slip is a mistake made by a speaker which is considered to reveal their true thoughts or feelings.
So you got the job - I'm so sad ...  Sorry, I mean 'glad'!
as full as a tick If someone is (as) full as a tick, they have eaten or drunk too much.
The little boy ate biscuits and drank lemonade until he was as full as a tick.
as good as gold A child who is as good as gold is obedient and well-behaved.
Your children are always as good as gold when I look after them.
as happy as a flea in a doghouse If someone is (as) happy as a flea in a doghouse, they are very happy and contented.
Since she moved to a smaller apartment, my mother is as happy as a flea in a doghouse!
as happy as Larry If you are (as) happy as Larry, you are very happy indeed.
My dad's as happy as Larry at the week-end when we all arrive home.
as hard as nails A person who is (as) hard as nails is unsentimental and shows no sympathy.
Don't expect any sympathy from him.  He's as hard as nails.
as keen as mustard If someone is as keen as mustard, they are very eager, enthusiastic or motivated.
We should ask Emily to join the team.  She's as keen as mustard.
as mad as a hatter To say that someone is as mad as a hatter means that they are very strange or insane.
The old lady next door is as mad as a hatter.  She says the strangest things!
as much use as a handbrake on a canoe This expression refers to something which is completely useless or serves no purpose.
With no electricity, a refrigerator would be as much use as a handbrake on a canoe!
as nice as pie If a person is as nice as pie, they are surprisingly kind and friendly.
After our argument, she was as nice as pie!
as nutty as a fruitcake Someone who is (as) nutty as a fruitcake is insane or crazy.
Don't pay attention to what the old man says; he's as nutty as a fruitcake!
as proud as a peacock A person who is as proud as a peacock is extremely proud.
When his son won first prize, Bill was as proud as a peacock.
proud/pleased as punch Someone who is as proud or pleased as punch is delighted or feels very satisfied about something.
Dad was as proud as punch when he won the tennis match.
as quick as a dog can lick a dish If you do something surprisingly fast, you do it as quick as a dog can lick a dish.
He packed his bag as quick as a dog can lick a dish.
as quiet as a mouse When someone is as quiet as a mouse, they make no noise at all.
The burglar was a quiet as a mouse as he moved around the house.
   
   
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