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English Idioms & Idiomatic Expressions


Descriptions of people

(personality - character - appearance)

(page 6  :  long in the tooth →  plastic smile)

long in the tooth A person who is long in the tooth is a bit too old to do something.
She's a bit long in the tooth for a cabaret dancer, isn't she?
look the part If you look the part, your appearance makes you ideally suited for a particular job or role.
It was a mistake to choose a pretty young girl to play the witch.  She didn't look the part at all.
look the picture If someone looks the picture, they look very pretty.
The little girl looked the picture in her new dress.
look the picture of health To look the picture of health means to look extremely healthy.
Nice to see you again Mr. Brown. I must say you look the picture of health.
look a sight If a person looks a sight, their appearance is awful, unsuitable or very untidy.
She looks a sight in that dress!
loose cannon Someone who is referred to as a loose cannon cannot be completely trusted because of unpredictable and irresponsible behaviour which can cause trouble.
Keep an eye on Jamie. He tends to turn into a loose cannon when he has a few drinks.
lower than a snake's belly To say that someone is lower than a snake's belly means that they are bad, dishonest or have very low moral standards.
Anyone who is capable of taking advantage of young vulnerable children is lower than a snake's belly.
mouse potato This term refers to a person who spends a lot of time in front of the computer.
My son and his friends are all mouse potatoes - constantly glued to the computer!
all mouth and no trousers This is said of someone who talks a lot about doing something but never actually does it.
He keeps saying he's going to resign and travel around the world, but he's all mouth and no trousers.
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!
not a hair out of place If someone does not have a hair out of place, their appearance is perfect.
Angela is always impeccably dressed - never a hair out of place.
not the only pebble on the beach To say that someone is not the only pebble on the beach means that they are not the only person worth considering.
He thinks his refusal to join the team will cause problems, but there are other alternatives ...he's not the only pebble on the beach!
pen pusher A person who does work that requires little action, just office work, and who lacks operating experience, is called a pen pusher.
Those pen pushers have no idea what it's like on a building site.
pie-eyed Someone who is pie-eyed is completely drunk.
He had never taken an alcoholic drink so after one beer the boy was pie-eyed.
plastic smile A person with a plastic smile is wearing a forced smile which makes them appear happier that they really are.
A receptionist greeted customers with a plastic smile.
   
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