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English Idioms & Idiomatic Expressions


Alphabetical List of Idioms - L

(page 8 :  loan shark   →  look the picture of health)

loan shark A loan shark is a person who lends money at extremely high interest rates to people who are unable to obtain a loan from the bank.
The young immigrant was beaten because he was late paying back money to a loan shark.
lock horns If you lock horns with somebody, you argue or fight with them about something.
If there is another incident like that in the building, the occupants will be locking horns!
lock, stock and barrel Lock, stock and barrel means 'everything'.
Maggie found the apartment empty.   Dave had taken everything - lock, stock and barrel!
at loggerheads If you are at loggerheads with a person or organisation, you disagree very strongly with them.
The management and the trade unions are at loggerheads over the decision to close down the plant.
by a long chalk/shot This expression means 'not at all' and is used to emphasize a statement, especially a negative one.
The matter hasn't been settled yet, not by a long chalk!
long in the tooth A person who is long in the tooth is a bit too old to do something.
She's a bit long in the tooth for a cabaret dancer, isn't she?
long row to hoe A difficult task, assignment or undertaking that will take a long time is a long row to hoe.
Getting through medical school is going to be a long row to hoe.
come a long way When someone has come a long way, they have made a lot of progress or have become successful.
Tony has come a long way since he opened his first little restaurant.
look before you leap This is something you say when advising someone to think carefully about the possible problems before doing something.
Don't decide too quickly.  Look before you leap!
look on bright side If you look on the bright side, you view a mostly unpleasant situation in a positive and optimistic way and the see the favourable aspects.
OK. You know nobody. But look on the bright side - you'll make lots of new friends!
look daggers Someone who looks daggers at another looks at them very angrily.
David looked daggers at Paul when he invited his new girlfriend to dance.
look down one's nose If someone looks down their nose at a person or thing, they consider that person or thing as inferior.
Intellectuals often look down their noses at amusement parks and such.
look the part If you look the part, your appearance makes you ideally suited for a particular job or role.
It was a mistake to choose a pretty young girl to play the witch.  She didn't look the part at all.
look the picture If someone looks the picture, they look very pretty.
The little girl looked the picture in her new dress.
look the picture of health To look the picture of health means to look extremely healthy.
Nice to see you again Mr. Brown. I must say you look the picture of health.
   
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