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English Idioms and Idiomatic Expressions 


DESCRIPTIONS of PEOPLE, page 7

(personality - character - appearance)

Idioms
from:  'nice as pie'    to:  'saving grace'


  • 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!"

  • night owl
    • Someone who is lively and active at night and goes to bed very late is called a night owl.
      "I work well in the evenings and at night. I'm a night owl."

  • 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. "

  • plum in your mouth
    • Someone who speaks with an upper-class accent is said to have a plum in their mouth.
      "He speaks just like an aristocrat - with a plum in his mouth!"

  • poker face
    • Someone who has a poker face has an expressionless face that shows no emotion or reaction at all.
      "He sat with a poker face all through the show, revealing nothing of his thoughts."

  • proud as a peacock
    • A person who is as proud as a peacock is extremely proud.
      "When his son won first prize, Bill was as proud as a peacock."

  • puts pants on one leg at a time
    • To say that someone puts their pants on one leg at a time means that the person is a human being no different from anyone else.
      "Don't be scared to speak to him. He puts his pants on one leg at a time just like the rest of us!"

  • has a quick temper
    • Someone who has a quick temper gets angry very easily.
      "He makes me nervous - he's got such a quick temper."

  • rotten apple
    • The term rotten apple refers to a person who is considered to be dishonest or immoral and has a bad influence on others in the group.
      "It is said that in any profession there is always a rotten apple."

  • rough diamond
    • A person who is good-natured but lacks polished manners and/or education is said to be a rough diamond.
      "He's a great guy but a bit of a rough diamond!"

  • saving grace
    • Someone who has a saving grace has a quality that prevents them from being totally bad.
      "She's a horrible person but she has one saving grace, her kindness to animals."

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