Good things to know

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as dry as a bone = bone-dry = extremely dry

I don't think he's been watering these plants - the soil is as dry as a bone.



as bald as a coot = completely bald

He was as bald as a coot.



as busy as a bee/beaver = a busy bee = very busy

I don’t have time to talk to you. I am as busy as a bee.



go/turn as red as a beetroot = go/turn as red as a beet = have a red face due to embarrassment

Whenever I talked about his past life, he would go as red as a beetroot.



as clear/sound as a bell = in perfect condition

Her memory is as clear as a bell.



as free as a bird = completely free

In the summer students feel as free as a bird.



as black as thunder = extremely angry

His father looked as black as thunder.



not as black as one is painted = not as bad as people say one is

David is not as black as he is painted.



as blind as a bat = unable to see very well

I can't read the subtitles on films anymore - I'm as blind as a bat.



as bold as brass = without showing any respect

She marched into the shop, as bold as brass, & demanded her money back.



as clear as day = clear & easily understood

I told you as clear as day that I wanted you to buy brown bread, not white.



as clear as mud = very difficult to understand

His instructions about how to use the computer were as clear as mud.



as cold as ice = very cold

Feel my toes - they're as cold as ice.



as cool as a cucumber = very calmly

She walked in as cool as a cucumber, as if nothing had happened.



as daft as a brush = very silly

He's as daft as a brush!



as dead as a doornail = completely dead

I forgot to water your plant before I went on holiday, & now it's as dead as a doornail.



as deaf as a post = completely deaf

My granddad’s as deaf as a post.



as different as chalk & cheese = as different as night & day = completely different

David & Julie are as different as chalk & cheese.



as easy as ABC/anything/pie/winking/falling off a log = extremely easy

Teaching English is as easy as ABC.



as far as the eye can/could see = very far

The road stretched into the distance as far as the eye can see.



as fast as one’s legs would carry them = as quickly as possible

He scuttled back into the house as fast as his legs would carry him.



as light as a feather = very light

The little baby rabbit was as light as a feather in her hand.



as fit as a fiddle/flea = in very good health

She said she was as fit as a fiddle/flea.


as quick as a flash = very quickly or suddenly

The ceremony was over as quick as a flash.

The idea came in as quick as a flash.



as fresh as a daisy = energetic & enthusiastic

Give me a cup of tea & I'll soon feel as fresh as a daisy.



give as good as one get = fight or argue with equal force as the person one is fighting or arguing against

I'll say this for Julie, she always gives as good as she gets.



as good as gold = well-behaved

Julie has been as good as gold all evening.



as hard as nails = without emotion

The supervisor is a sweetie but the boss is hard as nails.



as like as two peas in a pod = very similar to each other

Nelly & Kelly are as like as two peas in a pod.



as long as one’s arm = very long

I've got a list as long as my arm of the things we need to do before we go on holiday.



as proud as Lucifer = extremely proud

David is described by his friends as being as proud as Lucifer.



as mad as a hatter = as mad as a March hare = extremely mad

David is as mad as a hatter.



as nutty as a fruitcake = foolish or stupid or strange

That guy is as nutty as a fruitcake.



as old as the hills = very old

David’s grandfather is now as old as the hills.



as pissed as a newt/fart = very drunk

David is always as pissed as a newt.



as plain as the nose on one’s face = as plain as a pikestaff = very obvious

Your guilt is as plain as the nose on your face.



as pleased as Punch = very pleased

Julie was as pleased as Punch about the news.



as regular as clockwork = never late

In this country the trains run/are as regular as clockwork.



as right as rain = healthy

I was suffering from flu for several weeks, but I'm as right as rain now.



as solid as a rock = very strong

Their marriage is solid as a rock.

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