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People Idioms


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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