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English Idioms & Idiomatic Expressions


Descriptions of people

(personality - character - appearance)

(page 3:   dressed to kill  →  to a fault)

dressed to kill When someone, especially a woman, is dressed to kill, they are wearing very fashionable or glamorous clothes intended to attract attention.
She arrived at the reception dressed to kill.
dressed up to the nines Someone dressed up to the nines is wearing very smart or glamorous clothes.
Caroline must be going to a party - she's dressed up to the nines.
dyed-in-the-wool This expression is used to describe a person who has fixed, uncompromising, deep-felt beliefs to which they are committed.
Bob and Jane are dyed-in-the-wool ecologists who use only
biodegradable products.
eager beaver The term eager beaver refers to a person who is hardworking and enthusiastic, sometimes considered overzealous.
The new accountant works all the time -  first to arrive and last to leave. He's a real eager beaver!
even steven Two or more people who are even stevens are equal to each other.  None of them has more than the others; none is owed anything or has anything due.
The two boys shared equally the money they made delivering pizzas so now they're even stevens.
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 humoristic 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!
fast talker A person who speaks quickly and easily but cannot always be trusted is called a fast talker.
The salesman was a fast talker who persuaded the old lady to buy a new washing machine.
fat cat To refer to a rich and powerful person as a fat cat means that you disapprove of the way they use their money or power.
The place was full of fat cats on their big yachts.
to a fault To say that someone has a good quality to a fault means that they have a lot, or even too much, of that quality.
My aunt is generous to a fault, always ready to help anyone who claims to be in need.
   
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