English Idioms & Idiomatic Expressions
Beauty - Appearance
|cut a dash||If a person
cuts a dash, they make a striking
impression by their appearance and
Wearing his uniform, my grandfather cut a dash on his wedding day.
If you deck out
someone or something, you dress or decorate
them in a special way.
Paul decked out his car for the occasion.
|dressed to kill||When someone, especially a woman, is
dressed to kill, they are wearing very
fashionable or glamorous clothes intended to
She arrived at the reception dressed to kill.
|dressed up to the nines||Someone dressed up to the nines
is wearing very smart or glamorous clothes.
Caroline must be going to a party - she's dressed up to the nines.
|down at heel||A person who is
down-at-heel is someone whose
appearance is untidy or neglected because of
lack of money.
The down-at-heel student I first met became a successful writer.
|face like a bulldog chewing a wasp||To say that someone has a face like
a bulldog chewing a wasp
means that you find them very
unattractive because they have a screwed-up
ugly expression on their face.
Not only was he rude but he had a face like a bulldog chewing a wasp!
|face only a mother could love||This is a humoristic way of saying that
someone is ugly or unattractive.
The poor guy has a face only a mother could love.
|face that would stop a clock||Someone who has a face that would
stop a clock has a shockingly
You'll recognize him - he's tall and thin, with a face that would stop a clock!
|five o'clock shadow||This expression refers to a patch of
stubble on the face of a man who hasn't
shaved for at least a day.
He looked tired and had a five o'clock shadow.
|not a hair out of place||To say that someone does not have a
hair out of place means that their
appearance is perfect.
Angela is always impeccably dressed - never a hair out of place!
|look a sight||If a person
looks a sight, their appearance is
awful, unsuitable or very untidy.
She looks a sight in that dress!
|look like a million dollars||If you look like a million dollars,
you look extremely good.
With a tan and a new hairstyle she looked a million dollars!
|mutton dressed as lamb||This expression refers to a middle-aged
woman who tries to look younger by dressing
in clothes designed for younger people.
The style doesn't suit her - it has a mutton-dressed-as-lamb effect on her!
|pretty as a picture||
Someone who is (as) “pretty as a picture’ is
very attractive or appealing in appearance.
The young bride looked (as) pretty as a picture in her beautiful dress.
|(all) skin and bone||If someone is all skin and bone,
they are very thin or too thin.
After trekking in the Himalayas, he was all skin and bone.
|thin on the top||If someone, usually a man, is thin
on the top, they are losing their hair or
Dad's gone a bit thin on the top in the last few years.
|(as) ugly as sin||This expression is used to refer to
people or things that are considered to be
Have you seen the new neighbour's dog? It's as ugly as sin!
|vertically challenged||This term is a humoristic way of
referring to someone who is not very tall.
High shelves are difficult for vertically challenged shoppers.
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