Poll: butter wouldn't melt in his mouth.

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    Cool Re: Butter wouldn't melt in his mouth

    had 2 cheat cuz iv nvr encountered it 4

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    Re: Butter wouldn't melt in his mouth

    Quote Originally Posted by leesajohnson View Post
    He looks innocent. It means that the person is lacking all human warmth and compassion.
    It means "He looks innocent". It means nothing like your second sentence's suggestion.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #23

    Re: Butter wouldn't melt in his mouth

    I guessed wrong, I thought it was about guilty! :)

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    #24

    Re: Butter wouldn't melt in his mouth

    I got it right! Woohoo! :D

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    #25

    Re: Butter wouldn't melt in his mouth

    At least in Canadian English, I don't believe that it is used with respect to a person being guilty or innocent of something. Given the choices in the poll, however, "looks innocent" would be the best of bad choices IMHO.

    To me the idiom "butter would not melt in his/her mouth" is more of a comment on a person's character in general. Someone who is very pure, never swears, never drinks or goes to bars and is universally pleasant and kind in every way, may be characterized as someone for whom butter would not melt in their mouth.

    This is not particularly a flattering description. Often it is said with a sarcastic tone, often by someone who is jealous of that person for some reason.

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