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English Idioms and Idiomatic Expressions 


DESCRIPTIONS of PEOPLE, page 5

(personality - character - appearance)

Idioms
from:  'hale and hearty'    to:  'just off the boat'


  • hale and hearty
    • Someone, especially an old person, who is hale and hearty is in excellent health.
      "My grandmother is still hale and hearty at the age of ninety."

  • happy-go-lucky
    • If you are a happy-go-lucky person, you are cheerful and carefree all the time.
      "Charlie's a happy-go-lucky sort of guy - always in good humour."

  • 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."

  • have the makings of
    • A person who has the makings of something has qualities and potential that could be developed.
      "The teacher says Sarah has the makings of an excellent journalist."

  • head and shoulders above
    • To say that one person is head and shoulders above the others means that they are much better than the rest of them.
      "The award winner was head and shoulders above the others."

  • old head on young shoulders
    • This expression refers to a child or young person who thinks and expresses themselves like an older more-experienced person.
      "When she heard Emily warning her brother to stay out of trouble, her mother thought : 'That's an old head on young shoulders.'"

  • high and mighty
    • Someone who is high and mighty behaves in a haughty manner as though they were superior to others.
      "Don't get all high and mighty!" said my grandmother to my cousin. "Everyone helps with the housework in this house."

  • holier-than-thou
    • The attitude of people who consider themselves to be more virtuous or morally superior to others can be called 'holier-than-thou'.
      "I can't stand the holier-than-thou attitude of some political candidates"

  • horse of a different colour
    • To describe a person or a problem as a horse of a different colour means either that the person does things differently from others, or that the nature of the problem is entirely different.
      "I expected to negotiate with the sales manager, but the chairman turned up - now he's a horse of a different colour!"

  • dark horse
    • If you refer to someone as a dark horse you mean that they are secretive or that little is known about them.
      "I can't say I know my neighbour. He's a bit of a dark horse."

  • in a class of one's own
    • If someone is in a class of their own, they are unequalled and considered better than anyone else of their kind.
      "As a singer, Maria Callas was in a class of her own."

  • jack of all trades
    • A jack of all trades is a person who can do many different things but is not very good at any one of them.
      "I'm looking for a skilled worker, not a jack-of-all-trades."

  • just off the boat
    • A person who is just off the boat is naive and lacks experience.
      "How do you expect me to work with a trainee who's just off the boat!"

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