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 English Idioms and Expressions 

Idioms: Descriptions of People-3
from:  'down to earth'  to: 'fat cat'

  • down to earth
    • Someone who is down to earth is not a dreamer but a realistic and practical person who has sensible reactions and expectations.
      "Don't ask Suzy for help. She's fun, but not very down to earth."

  • dressed to kill
    • When someone, especially a woman, is dressed to kill, they are wearing very fashionable or glamorous clothes intended to attract attention.
      "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."

  • dyed-in-the-wool
    • This expression is used to describe a person who has fixed, uncompromising, deep-felt beliefs to which they are committed.
      "Bob and Jane are dyed-in-the-wool ecologists who use only biodegradable products."

  • eager beaver
    • The term eager beaver refers to a person who is hardworking and enthusiastic, sometimes considered overzealous.
      "The new accountant works all the time - first to arrive and last to leave. He's a real eager beaver!"

  • even stevens
    • Two or more people who are are equal to each other. None of them has more than the others; none is owed anything or has anything due.
      "The two boys shared equally the money they made delivering pizzas so now they're even stevens."

  • (have) eyes like a hawk
    • A person who has eyes like a hawk, or who is hawk-eyed, is very observant and notices everything that happens.
      "Nobody gets away with stealing in this shop - the store detective has eyes like a hawk!"
      "If you play golf with Andy, you’ll never lose your ball – he’s got eyes like a hawk!"

  • 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 like thunder
    • If someone has a face like thunder, they look very angry.
      "When Dad is really angry, he has a face like thunder!"

  • face like a wet week-end
    • If someone has a face like a wet week-end, they look sad and miserable.
      "What's wrong with Pete? He's got a face like a wet week-end!"

  • 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 unattractive face.
      "You'll recognize him - he's tall and thin, with a face that would stop a clock!"

  • a fair-weather friend
    • Someone who acts as a friend when times are good, and is not there when you are in trouble, is called a fair-weather friend.
      "I thought I could count on Bill, but I've discovered he's just a fair-weather friend."

  • fast talker
    • A person who speaks quickly and easily but cannot always be trusted is called a fast talker.
      "The salesman was a fast talker who persuaded the old lady to buy a new washing machine."

  • fat cat
    • To refer to a rich and powerful person as a fat cat means that you disapprove of the way they use their money or power.
      "The place was full of fat cats on their big yachts."

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