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 English Idioms and Expressions 

Idioms: Descriptions of People-10
from:  'top dog'  to: 'dyellow-bellied'


  • top dog
    • To say that a person is top dog means that they are better or more powerful than others.
      "She's top dog in cosmetics today."

  • tough cookie
    • A person who is a tough cookie is one who is self-confident and ambitious and will do what is necessary to get what they want.
      "I'm not worried about Jason's future - he's a tough cookie!"

  • tower of strength
    • The term tower of strength is used to describe a person who is very helpful and supportive during difficult times.
      "All during my illness, my sister was a tower of strength."

  • (as) ugly as sin
    • The expression as ugly as sin is used to refer to people or things that are considered to be very unattractive.
      "Have you seen the new neighbour's dog? It's as ugly as sin!"

  • on the up and up 
    • Someone who is on the up and up is becoming increasingly successful.
      "The architect has been on the up and up since he designed a building in Dubai."

  • upper crust
    • This term refers to the higher levels of society, the upper class or the aristocracy.
      "William hides his working-class background and pretends to be from the upper crust."

  • vertically challenged
    • The term vertically challenged is a humoristic way of describing someone who is not very tall.
      "High shelves are difficult for vertically challenged shoppers."

  • walking encyclopaedia
    • This term refers to a person who is very knowledgeable about a lot of subjects.
      "The origin of Halloween? Ask Jill - she's a walking encyclopaedia!"

  • wet blanket
    • A person who is a wet blanket is so boring or unenthusiastic that they prevent others from enjoying themselves.
      "Come on! Relax ! Don't be such a wet blanket!"

  • whistle blower
    • If you report an illegal or socially harmful activity to the authorities, and give information about those responsible for it, you are a whistle blower.
      "The poor working conditions were reported by a whistle blower."

  • whiz kid
    • A whiz kid is someone, usually young, who is very talented and successful at doing something.
      "Apparently the new engineer knows what he's doing - a real whiz-kid from what I've heard."

  • winning ways
    • A person who has winning ways has a charming or persuasive manner of gaining the affection of others or obtaining what they want.
      "My grandson is hard to resist - he's got such winning ways."

  • wise for one's years/wise beyond your years
    • Someone who is wise for their years or wise beyond their years has more knowledge and experience that most people at their age.
      "She's still a child but she's wise beyond her years."

  • wool-gathering
    • A person who is wool-gathering is daydreaming and not concentrating on what is happening;  their thoughts are elsewhere.
      "Justin spent the whole afternoon wool-gathering. He must be in love!"

  • worth one's salt
    • Someone who deserves respect because they do their job well is a person who is worth their salt.
      "Any inspector worth their salt would have checked the papers carefully."

  • worth one's weight in gold
    • Someone who is worth their weight in gold is considered to be of great value.
      "We couldn't run the farm without him. He's worth his weight in gold."

  • yellow-bellied
    • A person who is yellow-bellied is cowardly, or not at all brave.
      "The bus was full of yellow-bellied passengers who disappeared when the driver was attacked by two youths."

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