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English Idioms and Idiomatic Expressions 


DESCRIPTIONS of PEOPLE, page 9

(personality - character - appearance)

Idioms
from:  'social butterfly'    to:  'tough as old boots'


  • social butterfly
    • A person who has a lot of friends and acquaintances and likes to flit from one social event to another is called a social butterfly.
      "Jessica is constantly out and about; she's a real social butterfly."

  • square peg in a round hole
    • To say that a person is a square peg in a round hole means that they are not suitable for the job they are doing or the situation they are in.
      "He was a bad choice for the job - a square peg in a round hole."

  • sterner stuff
    • If someone is made of sterner stuff, they have a strong character and are better able to deal with difficulties than others.
      "I was surprised to see him so upset. I thought he was made of sterner stuff."

  • stickler for the rules
    • Someone who is a stickler for the rules is a disciplinarian who demands strict observance of the rules or procedures.
      "Be sure to use the proper form. Mr. Brown is a stickler for the rules."

  • (as) straight as an arrow
    • Someone who is as straight as an arrow is a morally upright person who is extremely honest.
      "You can leave the keys with Andy. He's as straight as an arrow."

  • (as) stubborn as a mule
    • If someone is as stubborn as a mule, they are very obstinate and unwilling to listen to reason or change their mind.
      "His friends advised him to accept the offer, but you know Larry - he's as stubborn as a mule!"

  • stuffed shirt
    • A person who is a stuffed shirt behaves in a very formal, pompous or old-fashioned way .
      "I had heard he was a stuffed shirt but he actually has a good sense of humour! "

  • talk the hind leg off a donkey
    • This expression is used to describe a very talkative person.
      "It's difficult to end a conversation with Betty. She could talk the hind leg off a donkey!"

  • talk nineteen to the dozen
    • If someone talks nineteen to the dozen, they speak very quickly.
      "He was talking nineteen to the dozen so I didn't catch the whole story."

  • tarred with the same brush
    • When a person istarred with the same brush, they are regarded as having the same faults or bad qualities as those they associate with.
      "Don't hang around with those guys or you'll be tarred with the same brush."

  • thin on the top
    • If someone, usually a man, is thin on the top, they are losing their or going bald.
      "Dad's gone a bit thin on the top in the last few years."

  • top dog
    • To say that a person is top dog means that they are better or more powerful than others.
      "She's top dog in cosmetics today."

  • (as) tough as old boots
    • If something, specially meat, is (as) tough as old boots, it is hard to cut and difficult to chew. (This can also refer to a person who is strong either physically or in character.)
      "I was served a steak as tough as old boots."

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