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English Idioms and Idiomatic Expressions 


DESCRIPTIONS of PEOPLE, page 6

(personality - character - appearance)

Idioms
from:  'larger than life'    to:  'all mouth and no trousers'


  • larger than life
    • A person who is larger than life attracts special attention because they are very impressive or unusually remarkable in their appearance, behaviour or personality.
      "He was a larger-then-life character, both onstage and behind the scene."

  • laughing stock
    • A person who does something stupid or ridiculous which causes others to laugh becomes a laughing stock.
      " If you wear that to school you'll be the laughing stock of the class!"

  • life and soul of the party
    • The life and soul of the party is the most lively and amusing person present at an event.
      "I'm so glad we invited Emily. She was the life and soul of the party."

  • live wire
    • Someone who is highly vivacious, energetic and full of enthusiasm is a live wire.
      "Things have brightened up since Charlie arrived.  He's a real live wire! "

  • 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.
      "Chloe 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
    • The term mouse potato 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."

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