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English Idioms and Idiomatic Expressions 


from:   'as free as a bird'   to:  'as proud/pleased as punch'

  • as free as a bird
    • If someone is as free as a bird, they are completely free to do as they please.
      "My dad's very happy - he's as free as a bird since he retired."

  • as fresh as a daisy
    • Someone who is (as) fresh as a daisy is lively and attractive, in a clean and fresh way.
      "I met Molly the other day. She looked as fresh as a daisy."

  • as full as a tick
    • If someone is (as) full as a tick, they have eaten or drunk too much.
      "The little boy ate biscuits and drank lemonade until he was as full as a tick."

  • as good as gold
    • A child who is as good as gold is obedient and well-behaved.
      "Your children are always as good as gold when I look after them."

  • as happy as a flea in a doghouse
    • If someone is (as) happy as a flea in a doghouse, they are very happy and contented.
      "Since she moved to a smaller apartment, my mother is as happy as a flea in a doghouse!"

  • as happy as Larry
    • If you are (as) happy as Larry, you are very happy indeed.
      "My dad's as happy as Larry at the week-end when we all arrive home."

  • as hard as nails
    • A person who is (as) hard as nails is unsentimental and shows no sympathy.
      "Don't expect any sympathy from him. He's as hard as nails."

  • as keen as mustard
    • If someone is as keen as mustard, they are very eager, enthusiastic or motivated.
      "We should ask Emily to join the team. She's as keen as mustard."

  • as mad as a hatter
    • To say that someone is as mad as a hatter means that they are very strange or insane.
      "The old lady next door is as mad as a hatter. She says the strangest things!"

  • as much use as a handbrake on a canoe
    • This expression refers to something which is completely useless or serves no purpose.
      "With no electricity, a refrigerator would be as much use as a handbrake on a canoe!"

  • as nice as pie
    • If a person is as nice as pie, they are surprisingly kind and friendly.
      "Surprisingly, after our argument, she was as nice as pie!"

  • as nutty as a fruitcake
    • Someone who is (as) nutty as a fruitcake is insane or crazy.
      "Don't pay attention to what the old man says; he's as nutty as a fruitcake!"

  • as proud as a peacock
    • A person who is asproud as a peacock is extremely proud.
      "When his son won first prize, Bill was as proud as a peacock."

  • proud/pleased as punch
    • Someone who is as proud or pleased as punch is delighted or feels very satisfied about something.
      "Dad was as proud as punch when he won the tennis match."

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