Character & appearance Idioms (Page 1)

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As cold as ice
This idiom can be used to describe a person who does not show any emotion.
As mad as a hatter
This simile means that someone is crazy or behaves very strangely. In the past many people who made hats went insane because they had a lot of contact with mercury.
Average Joe
An average Joe is an ordinary person without anything exceptional about them.
Bald as a coot
A person who is completely bald is as bald as a coot.
Barefaced liar
A barefaced liar is one who displays no shame about lying even if they are exposed.
Bark is worse than their bite
Someone who's bark is worse than their bite may well get angry and shout, but doesn't take action.
Barrel of laughs
If someone's a barrel of laughs, they are always joking and you find them funny.
Bold as brass
Someone who is as bold as brass is very confident and not worried about how other people will respond or about being caught.
Class act
Someone who's a class act is exceptional in what they do.
Conscience makes cowards of us all
People are scared to do what they know is necessary because they think it might be morally wrong.
A cry-baby is a person who gets emotional and cries too easily.
Daft as a brush
(UK) Someone who is daft as a brush is rather stupid.
Dumb as a rock
If you are dumb as a rock, you have no common sense and are stupid.
Fit of pique
If someone reacts badly because their pride is hurt, this is a fit of pique.
Go doolally
(UK) If someone goes doolally, they are behaving irrationally.
Go mental
If someone goes mental, they become very angry indeed.
A go-getter is someone determined to be successful.
A lazy person who doesn't do anything useful is a good-for-nothing.
Someone whose behavior is hearty, friendly and congenial.
Handsome is as handsome does
True beauty is not seen in one's appearance, but rather in one's behavior.
Hard as nails
A person who is as hard as nails is either physically tough or has little or no respect for other people's feelings.
If someone is high-handed, they behave arrogantly and pompously.
Hopping mad
If you're hopping mad, you are extremely angry.
I may be daft, but I'm not stupid
I might do or say silly things occasionally, but in this instance I know what I am doing (Usually used when someone questions your application of common-sense).
In rude health
(UK) If someone's in rude health, they are very healthy and look it.
A Johnny-come-lately is someone who has recently joined something or arrived somewhere, especially when they want to make changes that are not welcome.
Just off the boat
If someone is just off the boat, they are naive and inexperienced.
Keep up with the Joneses
People who try to keep up with the Joneses are competitive about material possessions and always try to have the latest and best things.
Laughing stock
If someone becomes a laughing stock they do something so stupid or wrong that no one can take them seriously and people scorn and laugh at them.
Moral fibre
Moral fibre is the inner strength to do what you believe to be right in difficult situations Example: He lacked the moral fibre to be leader (In American English the correct spelling is 'fiber'.)
Off your chump
(UK) If someone is off their chump, they are crazy or irrational.
Out of your mind
If someone is out of the mind, they are so emotional about something that they are no longer rational.
Plain Jane
A plain Jane is a woman who isn't particularly attractive.
Pleased as punch
When someone is pleased as punch, they are very satisfied about something
Rest on your laurels
If someone rests on their laurels, they rely on their past achievements, rather than trying to achieve things now.
Sharp as a tack
(USA) If someone is as sharp as a tack, they are very clever indeed.
There's no fool like an old fool
When an older person behaves foolishly, it seems worse than when a younger person does the same, especially in relationships, as an older person should  kknow better.
To have the courage of your convictions
If you have the courage of your convictions, you are brave enough to do what you feel is right, despite any pressure for you to do something different.
Too clever by half
If someone is too clever by half, they are very confident and smug about how clever they are in a way that annoys peopl.
Someone who is two-faced will say one thing to your face and another when you're not there.
Someone who always agrees with people in authority is a yes-man.

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