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    Question confusion regarding applicability of certain phrases

    When we use the term " a good egg " to refer to someone, is it a compliment?

    Basically, I intend to know if we can use it to refer to someone in social occasions?

    Likewise what about the phrase " a horse of different color "?

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    Re: confusion regarding applicability of certain phrases

    Quote Originally Posted by Proffy View Post
    When we use the term " a good egg " to refer to someone, is it a compliment? Yes.

    Basically, I intend to know if we can use it to refer to someone in social occasions? As it is a compliment, you can use it in almost any informal setting. It's an informal term.

    Likewise what about the phrase " a horse of different color "? This is used to indicate that something is of a totally different nature. It is appropriate in most situations.
    Go to the top of this page and click on Reference. There you will see a link to Idioms.

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    Re: confusion regarding applicability of certain phrases

    I am not a teacher.

    'A good egg' is complimentary, but it is very old fashioned.

    'A horse of a different color' can be found in the idioms section of this site, here.

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    Re: confusion regarding applicability of certain phrases

    Neither of these are very common or contemporary expressions, in my view.

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    Re: confusion regarding applicability of certain phrases

    Proffy, please note that a better title would have been A good egg.

    Extract from the Posting Guidelines:

    'Thread titles should include all or part of the word/phrase being discussed.'

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