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    I've come across this phrase in a test:

    “Comes out of the pot and goes off with the rain”

    The phrase is used to define a girl’s beauty and, as I understand it, means that the girl is naturally very beautiful and not only after applying tons of make-up. )) However, I have not googled up any instance of its usage. (( I like the phrase, it is very metaphorical, but now I wonder whether it is still used at all (sounds quiant to me )

    And I would also be very grateful if you write some other colloquial or slang phrases or words rererring to applying make-up. I know the phrase 'war-paint' (sounds humorous to me).




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    Default Re: out of the pot and goes off with the rain

    Her make up looks as if she applied it with a trowel (a brick mason's tool for applying mortar between the bricks).

    Note: Any phrase of this nature will be considered an insult to the woman. In fact, any comment about a woman's make up (except, "I didn't notice she was wearing any.") could be taken as an insult.

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    Default Re: out of the pot and goes off with the rain

    I have to say, I interpreted " out of the pot and goes off with the rain" as meaning that her beauty comes from her makeup and vanishes when it rains (ie it is washed off).

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    I had the same impression as Anglika. Her beauty is entirely dependent on her wearning all that makeup.

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    Default Re: out of the pot and goes off with the rain

    Quote Originally Posted by black_velvet View Post
    I've come across this phrase in a test:

    “Comes out of the pot and goes off with the rain”

    The woman involved is naturally very plain, and she should stay out of the rain. (Her makeup will wash off.)

    ~R

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    Default Re: out of the pot and goes off with the rain

    Is this an often-used phrase? I've never come across it in my life.

    Other phrases: Well, there's "put my face on" or "she's putting her face on," a humorous reference to applying makeup. "I'll go with you, just give me a minute to put my face on."

    "War paint" is slang from the 1920s, isn't it?
    Last edited by Delmobile; 31-Jul-2007 at 05:54.

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    Default Re: out of the pot and goes off with the rain

    I don't think I've heard it either. Since the recording of Eleanor Rigby I've heard people use the expression 'wearing a face that she keeps in a jar by the door', and I've always thought it was a reference to the song. I suppose, though, that Lennon/McCartney may just have popularized an expression that was current in Liverpool speech.

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    Default Re: out of the pot and goes off with the rain

    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    I have to say, I interpreted " out of the pot and goes off with the rain" as meaning that her beauty comes from her makeup and vanishes when it rains (ie it is washed off).
    Right!
    The sentence was:
    She was not the kind of girl whose beauty came out of the pot and went off with the rain
    Sorry, I had the context in mind all the time but forgot you did not know it ))

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    Default Re: out of the pot and goes off with the rain

    Quote Originally Posted by mykwyner View Post
    Her make up looks as if she applied it with a trowel
    )))))
    I won't say it to anyone's face , I promise.

    Quote Originally Posted by mykwyner View Post
    In fact, any comment about a woman's make up (except, "I didn't notice she was wearing any.") could be taken as an insult.
    Thanks, that was useful!

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    Default Re: out of the pot and goes off with the rain

    Quote Originally Posted by Delmobile View Post
    Is this an often-used phrase? I've never come across it in my life.
    Yeah, I wonder why they have to use it in tests on language proficiency for non-native speakers
    You had to insert a preposition! I was vacilating between 'out of the pot' and 'from the pot' because that was the first time I saw the phrase too.

    Quote Originally Posted by Delmobile View Post
    "War paint" is slang from the 1920s, isn't it?
    From a 1989 Dictionary of American Slang, too.

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