(as) cross as two sticks
/æz kɹˈɔs æz tˈuː stˈɪks/
used to refer to an extremely angry or impatient person
penny wise and pound foolish
/pˈɛni wˈaɪz ænd pˈaʊnd fˈuːlɪʃ/
used to describe someone who is extra careful about spending little amounts of money but has no problem with spending large amounts
rotten egg
/ɹˈɑːʔn̩ ˈɛɡ/
a person who has a tendency to behave badly and cause trouble for others
cold fish
/kˈoʊld fˈɪʃ/
someone who does not express emotions and is considered unfriendly
piece of work
/ɐ sˌʌm pˈiːs ʌv wˈɜːk/
used to refer to someone who is extremely unpleasant and overall a difficult person to deal with
(as) cold as (any) stone
/æz kˈoʊld æz ˌɛni stˈoʊn/
used to refer to someone who is extremely unsympathetic and does not express strong emotions
dog in the manger
/dˈɑːɡ ɪnðə mˈeɪndʒɚ/
someone who selfishly prevents others from using or enjoying something that they themselves have no use for
off one's rocker
/ˈɔf wˈʌnz ɹˈɑːkɚ/
in a state affected with madness or insanity
(as) nutty as a fruitcake
/æz nˈʌɾi æz ɐ fɹˈuːtkeɪk/
(of a person) crazy or exhibiting odd behavior
loose cannon
/lˈuːs kˈænən/
a person or thing that is dangerously out of control
all one's geese are swans
/ˈɔːl wˈʌnz ɡˈiːs ɑːɹ swˈɑːnz/
used to refer to someone who always thinks or talks in a way that is exaggerated and not based on reality
(as) cunning / sly as a fox
/æz kˈʌnɪŋ slˈaɪ æz ɐ fˈɑːks/
used to refer to someone who tends to achieve things in a clever way, particularly by deceiving other people
(as) slippery as an eel / a snake
/æz slˈɪpɚɹi æz ɐn ˈiːl ɐ snˈeɪk/
used to refer to a deceitful and untrustworthy person who cannot be easily caught or exposed
(as) phony / queer / counterfeit as a three-dollar bill
/æz ɔːɹ fˈoʊni ɔːɹ kwˈɪɹ ɔːɹ kˈaʊntɚfˌɪt æz ɐ θɹˈiːdˈɑːlɚ bˈɪl/
not true, real, or genuine
bats in the belfry
/bˈæts ɪnðə bˈɛlfɹi/
an individual who is not at all sensible or practical
(as) mad as a hatter / March hare
/æz mˈæd æz ɐ hˈæɾɚ mˈɑːɹtʃ hˈɛɹ/
used to refer to someone who is in a very chaotic state of mind and is behaving very abnormally
to blow hot and cold
/blˈoʊ hˈɑːt ænd kˈoʊld/
to keep changing one’s attitude toward someone or something
the nature of the beast
/ðə nˈeɪtʃɚɹ ʌvðə bˈiːst/
the inherent characteristics or qualities of a particular situation, person, or thing, often referring to traits that are difficult to change or control
holier than the Pope
/hˈoʊliɚ ðɐn ðə pˈoʊp hɪmsˈɛlf/
so extreme and strict in one's adherence to a set of rules, norms, behaviors, etc. that it exeeds what is considered usual
bad egg
/bˈæd ˈɛɡ/
someone who is not considered honest, trustworthy, or a good person in general
out of one's mind
/ˌaʊɾəv wˈʌnz mˈaɪnd/
(of a person) extremely unreasonable, or mentally ill
waste of skin
/wˈeɪst ʌv skˈɪn/
a person who is considered to be completely worthless or useless and is viewed as a burden or waste of space
(as) quick as a dog can lick a dish
/æz kwˈɪk æz ɐ dˈɑːɡ kæn lˈɪk ɐ dˈɪʃ/
used to refer to the act of doing something as fast as one can
behind the times
/bɪhˌaɪnd ðə tˈaɪmz/
(of a person) not keeping up with current trends, ideas, or advancements
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