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Learn to Describe People

Posted: February 29, 2020 at 4:17 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

Physical appearance, characteristics and abilities 

1. Appearance 

  • (to be) dressed (up) to the nines 
    Meaning: to be wearing very fancy or formal clothes for a special occasion. 
    Example: We had a great time at my high school graduation. My friends and I were all dressed up to the nines
  • (to be) easy on the eye 
    Meaning: someone (or something) that is beautiful, or very nice or pleasant to look at. 
    Example: My next door neighbour is quite easy on the eye
    The architect did a great job. The new building is quite easy on the eye
  • (to be) like two peas in a pod 
    Meaning: two people who have very similar appearance or characteristics. 
    Example: Stewart and James are like two peas in a pod, I always get them confused. 
  • (to be) as pretty as a picture 
    Meaning: used to describe someone who looks pretty 
    Example: Michelle looks as pretty as a picture in this photo. In real life, she’s as ugly as sin
  • (to be) as skinny as a rake 
    Meaning: used to describe someone who is very thin 
    Example: When I was young I was as skinny as a rake. These days I’m quite fat and overweight. 
  • (to) stick out like a sore thumb | stand out like a sore thumb 
    Meaning: someone (or something) that is very noticeable 
    Example: If you wear that gold watch while walking around this poor neighbourhood, you’re going to stand out like a sore thumb. 
    I was the only one who came to the party wearing a costume, I stood out like a sore thumb 
  • (to be) as ugly as sin 
    Meaning: someone (or something) that is quite ugly or horrible to look at. 
    Example: Michelle looks as pretty as a picture in this photo. In real life, she’s as ugly as sin
    The new shopping mall is as ugly as sin from the outside. 

2. Characteristics and Abilities 

  • (to be) as agile as a monkey 
    Meaning: someone who is able to move quickly and easily 
    Example: I couldn’t catch the kids when they stole my candy. They’re as agile as monkeys, running and jumping over all the furniture. 
  • (to be) as blind as a bat 
    Meaning: someone who can’t see very well, and probably needs to wear glasses. 
    Example: My grandma’s as blind as a bat without her glasses on. 
  • (to be) a couch potato 
    Meaning: someone who likes to sit at home and watch a lot of TV, and doesn’t do much exercise. 
    Example: I used to be a couch potato when I was younger. Then I became addicted to playing sport and doing exercise. Now I hate sitting at home watching TV. 
  • (to be) an early bird 
    Meaning: someone who likes to wake up early in the morning (opposite of a night owl
    Example: I’m kind of an early bird. I hate to sleep in and waste the day. 
  • (to have) eyes like a hawk 
    Meaning: to have exceptionally good eyesight or to be very observant 
    Example: Craig managed to find my key in the long grass. He’s got eyes like a hawk
  • I can’t even go to the toilet without my boss noticing I’m gone. He’s got eyes like a hawk
  • 113. (to be) from all walks of life 
  • Meaning: used to talk about a variety of people, regarding their age, race, gender, social status, job, etc 
  • Example: I love my job. It really enables me to meet people from all walks of life
  • (to have) the gift of the gab 
    Meaning: someone who is very good at talking in a way that is entertaining or persuading. 
    Example: The new salesman has really got the gift of the gab. He’s sold more computers this week than I have all month! 
    My friend Ben is so entertaining to be around, he’s really got the gift of the gab
  • (to be) as graceful as a swan
    Meaning: someone who moves with grace or elegance
    Example: The show was amazing. The dancer moved as graceful as a swan.
  • (to be) a green thumb
    Meaning: someone who loves, or is good at, gardening.
    Example: My grandparents are real green thumbs. They spend hours in their garden every day.
  • (to be) a jack of all trades (master of none)
    Meaning: someone who is quite skilled in many different areas, but none in particular
    Example: My father is a jack of all trades. He can fix just about anything.
    Janes a jack of all trades when it comes to music. She can play guitar, piano, drums and saxophone, but she hasn’t mastered any of them yet.
  • (to have) a memory like a sieve |a memory like a goldfish
  • Meaning: to have a terrible memory.
  • Example: Bob’s got a memory like a goldfish. I tell him something and he immediately forgets.
  • (to be) a night owl
    Meaning: someone who likes to stay up and do things late at night (opposite of an early bird)
    Example: When I was at university I was a real night owl. I was always studying until early in the morning.
  • (to be) as quick as a flash | as quick as a wink | as quick as lightning
    Meaning: to move or do something very quickly
    Example: When I was a youngster, I was as quick as a flash. Now I can barely walk up the stairs.
  • (to be) as slow as a snail | as slow as a tortoise
    Meaning: to be or do something very slowly (opposite of quick as a flash)
    Example: I hate working with Jill, she’s as slow as a snail.
  • (to be) a spring chicken | no spring chicken
    Meaning: used to describe someone is quite young. Usually used in the negative form.
    Example: I used to be able to run for miles, but these days I get tired after about 10 minutes, I’m no spring chicken anymore.
  • (to be) as strong as an ox 
    Meaning: someone who is extremely strong 
    Example: When I was young, I was as strong as an ox. I could carry a 100 pounds on my back for miles. 
  • (to) talk until the cows come home 
    Meaning: to talk for a very long time, usually with no real result or purpose. 
    Example: Oh my god, here comes Bill. Be careful not to get into a conversation with him, he can talk until the cows come home. 
  • (to be) as tough as old boots 
    Meaning: used to describe someone or something that is very strong and long lasting, or something that can withstand a lot of rough treatment, like a pair of good, old, leather boots. 
    Example: Don’t worry about John, he’ll recover from his accident. He’s as tough as old boots
    I’ve been driving this car for years and it’s never broken down. It’s as tough as old boots 

3. Eating habits 

  • (to) drink like a fish 
    Meaning: to be able to drink a lot of alcohol, or to drink alcohol regularly. 
    Example: Mike’s always out at bars and clubs every weekend. He drinks like a fish
  • (to) eat like a bird | mouse 
    Meaning: someone who only eats a very small amount, like a bird or a mouse (opposite of eats like a horse
    Example: We went to an expensive restaurant last night and Robin barely ate anything on her plate. She eats like a mouse. 
  • (to) eat like a horse 
    Meaning: someone who eats a lot, like a horse (opposite of eats like a mouse
    Example: My best friend Matt eats like a horse, but he’s as skinny as a rake. I don’t know how he does it. If I ate that much, I’d be as fat as a whale. 
  • (to) eat like a pig 
    Meaning: someone who eats a lot, but in a messy or piggish manner 
    Example: Did you see Kyle eating at the restaurant last night? He eats like a pig! 
  • (to be) as hungry as a wolf 
    Meaning: to be very hungry, like a wolf that hasn’t eaten in days. 
    Example: Quick, let’s go get something to eat. I’m as hungry as a wolf! 
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