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Comparative idioms

Helen, Tim and Michal in the kitchen

There are lots of idioms which use 'as ... as ...' as a key structure. For example, as dry as a bone - This piece of bread is as dry as a bone. I can't eat it. As dry as a bone means something is very dry.
These idioms function as similes and they often carry an emphatic meaning.

Idioms describing personality and behaviour:

As thick as two short planks - very stupid, not at all clever (an informal idiom). Planks are flat pieces of wood, often used in house building

As stubborn as a mule - very stubborn, obstinate. A mule is an animal similar to a donkey

As good as gold - very well behaved, often used to describe children

As timid as a mouse - very shy and quiet

Idioms describing physical characteristics:

As strong as a horse - very strong

As strong as an ox - very strong. An ox is a strong animal similar to a cow

As pretty as a picture - very pretty, very attractive

As blind as a bat - very poor eyesight, unable to see. A bat is an animal that flies at night and does not use its eyes, it uses sound

As white as a sheet - very pale or white face, because you are unwell or very scared. Sheets on beds are often white

As light as a feather - not heavy, very light in weight. Birds are covered in feathers

Idioms describing the state of things:

As right as rain - in good and normal condition

As good as new - in very good condition

As safe as houses - very safe, very secure and certain

As sound as a bell - in very good physical condition, e.g. an engine. A bell has to be in good condition in order to make a good ringing sound


to get soaked:
to get very wet, often in heavy rain

as thick as two short planks:
not clever

as right as rain:
in normal condition

a mop:
similar to a broom but for cleaning a floor with water

to wind someone up (informal):
to tell someone something that's not true, as a joke

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