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English Idioms & Idiomatic Expressions


Comparisons - Similarity

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(Idioms page 6 :   like a taking sand to the beach →  like lipstick on a pig)

like taking sand to the beach Doing something that is unnecessary or of no use at all is said to be like taking sand to the beach.
Bringing a cake to Judy's party is like taking sand to the beach;  she always uses a caterer.
like talking to a brick wall To say that a conversation with someone is like talking to brick wall means that communication is impossible because there is no reaction or response.
I tried to discuss the problem with him but it was like talking to a brick wall.
like there's no tomorrow If someone does something like there's no tomorrow, they do it fast and eagerly, regardless of the future, as if this could be their last opportunity to do it.
I don't understand him;  he's spending money like there's no tomorrow.
like a thief in the night Someone who acts like a thief in the night does something secretly or in an unexpected manner.
He left the company like a thief in the night, without telling his colleagues or saying goodbye.
like a ton of bricks If somebody comes down on you like a ton of bricks, they criticize you severely because you have done something wrong.
If you don't follow his instructions carefully, he'll come down on you like a ton of bricks!
like turkeys voting for Christmas This expression is used to say that a particular option is unlikely to be chosen because it would not be in the interest of the people concerned.  (In many countries people eat turkey at Christmas.)
Expecting them to accept a decrease in salary would be like turkeys voting for Christmas.
like two peas in a pod Two people who are like two peas in a pod are very similar in appearance.
The two brothers are very alike - they're like two peas in a pod!
like water off a duck's back Criticism or comments which have no effect on someone is referred to as being ''like water off a duck's back'.
He's been warned of the dangers of smoking but it's like water off a duck's back.
like (putting) lipstick on  a pig This expression means that to 'dress up' something unappealing or ugly, in a vain attempt to make it look better, is like putting lipstick on a pig.
Flowers on that ugly old bridge would be (like putting) lipstick on a pig!
like wildfire If something such as news, rumours or gossip spreads like wildfire, it becomes widely known very fast.
As soon as the nomination was announced, the news spread like wildfire.
 
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