Learn 9 useful idioms about appearance in English with meaning and examples.
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(Not a) spring chicken
- Meaning: (No longer) young
- Example: She’s no spring chicken, but she’s still very good looking.
All Dressed Up And Nowhere To Go
- Meaning: Prepared (with clothing or otherwise) for an event that does not occur
- Example: When my presentation was cancelled, I felt all dressed up with nowhere to go.
All Fur Coat And No Knickers
- Meaning: Superficially attractive, physically or otherwise
- Example: The candidate was popular during the campaign, but after she became Prime Minister, people realized she was all fur coat and no knickers.
Beauty Is Only Skin Deep
- Meaning: External appearance is a superficial basis for judging someone.
- Example: Sarah is gorgeous, but watch out—she has a really nasty side. Beauty is only skin deep.
Useful Idioms about Appearance in English
Clean up nicely
- Meaning: Look good when one is dressed up. Usually said of women.
- Example: Emily usually just wears jeans and a T-shirt, but she cleans up nicely.
- Meaning: Very similar in appearance
- Example: She’s a dead ringer for her older sister.
Don’t Judge a Book by Its Cover
- Meaning: Don’t be deceived by looks; don’t rely on looks when judging someone or something.
- Example: Don’t judge a book by its cover — she’s beautiful, but she can be very deceptive.
- Meaning: An extremely beautiful woman
- Example: When Samantha was in her teens she looked ordinary, but in her early 20s she turned into a real knockout!
Put one’s face on
- Meaning: Apply cosmetics
- Example: Let me just put my face on, and I’ll meet you at the restaurant in 15 minutes.