English Idioms & Idiomatic Expressions
Comparisons - Similarity
|as blind as a bat||Someone whose vision is very poor, or who is unable to see
anything, is (as) blind as a bat.
Without his glasses, the old man is as blind as a bat.
|as broad as it's long||This expression
means that there is no real difference which
alternative is chosen.
Take the high-speed train, or fly and take a taxi? It's as broad as it's long.
|as clean as a whistle||
Something as clean as a whistle is
This can also mean that a person's criminal record is clean.
Bob spent the afternoon washing and shining his car until it was as clean as a whistle.
|as close / as dumb as an oyster||Someone who is as
close or as
dumb as an oyster will never reveal
something told in confidence or betray a
Sophie will never repeat what you tell her. She's as dumb as an oyster.
|as cool as a cucumber||A person who is as
cool as a cucumber is not anxious,
but relaxed and non-emotional.
The bride's mother stayed as cool as a cucumber all through the ceremony.
|as crooked as a dog's hind leg||To say that someone is as crooked as
a dog's hind leg
means that they are very dishonest indeed.
He can't be trusted - he's as crooked as a dog's hind leg.
|dead as a dodo||To say that something is (as) dead
as a dodo means that it is
unquestionably dead or obsolete, or has gone
out of fashion.
(A dodo is a bird that is now extinct.)
The floppy disk is an invention that is now (as) dead as a dodo.
|dead as a doornail||This expression is used to stress that a
person or thing is very definitely dead.
They've started fighting again, so the peace agreement is now as dead as a doornail.
|as different as chalk and cheese||Two people who are as different as
chalk and cheese are completely
different from each other.
I'm surprised they get on so well. They're as different as chalk and cheese.
|as different as night and day||Two people or
things that are very different from each
other are as different as night and day.
Although they are twins they are as different as night and day.
|as dry as dust||Something that is as dry as dust
is very dry indeed.
This expression can also refer to something dull and uninteresting.
The ground was as dry as dust. / His speech was as dry as dust.
|as dull as ditchwater||Something as
dull as ditchwater is very boring.
The film was as dull as ditchwater. I nearly fell asleep.
|as easy as pie||Something that is (as) easy as pie
is very easy to do.
"How did the English test go?" "No problem, it was (as) easy as pie!"
|as fit as a fiddle||A person who is as
fit as a fiddle is in an excellent
state of health or physical condition.
My grandfather is nearly ninety but he's as fit as a fiddle.
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