People Idioms



An idiom is a phrase or expression that typically presents a figurative, non-literal meaning attached to the phrase; but some phrases become figurative idioms while retaining the literal meaning of the phrase. 


We use idioms in creative writing to amplify messages in a way that draws readers in and helps to awaken their senses.


Here are some of the idioms that we use for people:


Not a spring chicken: No longer young


Beauty is only skin deep: external appearance is a superficial basis for judging someone.


All Fur Coat And No Knickers: Superficially attractive, physically or otherwise


Go-getter: Someone who is ambitious and pursues his goals.


Dead ringer: Very similar in appearance.


Eager beaver: (sometimes overly enthusiastic) person who works very hard to get things done or achieve goals.


Early bird: Someone who is early, in particular (but not exclusively) someone who gets up early in the morning. 


Earth mother: Refers to a woman who is very caring and maternal.

Family man: A family man is a man who is devoted to his family.


Knockout: An extremely beautiful woman.


Good egg: A good person.


Fast-talker: Super talker, i.e. someone who is good at persuading people to do what he wants. 


Busybody: Refers to someone who is overly interested in the lives of others.


Know-it-all: The typical know-it-all seems to know everything and annoys other people by showing how clever they are. 


Pain in the neck: An irritating, annoying person.


The Real McCoy: A genuine item.


All sizzle and no steak: Someone who turns out to be disappointing, after a promotional campaign which led us to expect something better.


Born with a silver spoon in one's mouth: A person who is born with a silver spoon in their mouth is born into a very rich family.


Party animal: Someone who likes to attend parties often.


Big mouth: Someone who is not able to keep a secret.


Any Tom, Dick or Harry: Any ordinary person.

Smart cookie: Refers to someone who is clever and good at dealing with difficult situations.


Chatterbox: A person who talks a lot.


Jack of All Trades: A person with a wide variety of skills.


Party pooper: Someone who ruins all of the fun at a party or get-together by not wanting to participate in certain activities or simply through negativity.


Half-wit: A foolish, unintelligent or stupid person can be called a half-wit.


Down-to-earth: Someone who is practical and close to reality and who accepts other people as equals.


Golden boy: A winning person that everyone is fond of.


Slave driver: Someone who makes other people to work really hard.

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