Vocabulary: Idioms Describing People

In this episode from Perfect English Podcast, you will learn idioms to describe people, such as a big-head, a head like a sieve, a heart of gold, a know-all, a lazy-bones and more. So first listen to the audio podcast, and after that take the quiz to make sure you have understood what you listened to.

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What do we call the person who is the teacher's favorite?

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I'd better write it in my notebook. I have _____.

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What do we call a person who is very lazy?

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She's very sensible and knows what she's doing. She _____.

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The problem won't go away so there's no point ______.

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He's ______. He completely lost his mind.

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I try to avoid having much to do with Liam. He's rather _____.

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Don't ask me to go up that tower. I'm afraid I don't ______.

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What do we call an irritating person who knows everything?

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What do we call someone who thinks they are the best and says so?

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Although Florian sometimes seems a bit bad-tempered his heart is ______.

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Ask Martha to check those sums. She has _____.

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I don't think you'll like him; he's a nasty _____.

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He's quite out of touch with reality. He really _____.

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What do we call the one who gets the best marks?

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Even when others around him are panicking Raul always _____.

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I'm sure Ahmed will help you; he's as good ______.

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Don't expect any sympathy from the boss; she is as hard ______.

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She does a lot of voluntary work; she has a heart _____.

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Max is top of the class, ______ everyone else.

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Welcome to a new episode from perfect English podcast. Today we’re going to talk about idioms to describe people. We’re going to learn about idioms to describe positive and negative qualities in people. We’re going to talk about idioms that have the word head in them, which are many. We’re going to talk about idioms to describe how people relate to the social norm. And finally, we’re going to talk about some idioms that relate to people in the classroom. So without further ado, let’s get to it. First, let’s start with idioms that describe positive and negative qualities in people. Let’s start with the positive ones. We can say she has a heart of gold. And when we say she has a heart of gold, what we mean is that she is very kind and generous. And we can also say he’s as good as gold. It means that he’s helpful and well behaved. But remember that we usually use this expression for children, it doesn’t mean that you can’t use it with adults. It’s just generally used for children. And now let’s move to the negative idioms. We say she’s as hard as nails. When we say that somebody is as hard as nails, that means this person, he or she does not have sympathy for others, we can also say, he’s a nasty piece of work. And when I say that somebody is a nasty piece of work, that means this person is so unpleasant. So remember, the positive ones are a heart of gold, which means very kind and generous, as good as gold, which means helpful and well behaved as hard as nails, which means a person that has no sympathy for others, or a nasty piece of work, which means an unpleasant person. But that’s not all. We can always Say her hearts in the right place. And when we say about a person that his or her hearts in the right place, that means that this person is good and kind, even though they do not always seem so we can also say he’s such an awkward customer. And when I say about a person that he or she is an awkward customer, I mean that they are difficult people to deal with. We can also say she’s a pain in the neck. Nobody likes her. And when we say that somebody is a pain in the neck, we mean that this person is very difficult to deal with. We can also say he gets on everyone’s nerves. And when we say that somebody gets on everyone’s nerves, we mean that this person irritates everybody. So remember, someone’s hearts in the right place means that they’re good and kind even though they do not always seem so we can say a person is an awkward customer. To mean they are difficult to deal with a pain in the neck for a difficult person and gets on everyone’s nerves for a person who irritates everybody. And now let’s move to idioms based on the word head. Now to have your head screwed on means that you are sensible. If you have your head screwed on, that means you are a sensible person. Although this is a little bit informal, you can also have a head for heights, which means that you do not suffer from vertigo, you can have a head like a sleeve, and if you have a head like a sleeve, that means you have a bad memory. You can also have a good head for figures and that means you are good at math. And you can also have your head in the clouds and if a person has his or her head in the clouds, that means that they are unaware of reality. And there is more to idioms with the word head now to be head and shoulders above someone, that means you’re much better than that person, your head and shoulders above this person. And to bury your head in the sand means to refuse to think about a difficult situation in the hope you won’t have to deal with it. And to keep your head means to stay calm in a difficult situation. So when everyone is losing their head because of a difficult situation, you keep your head you stay calm. So remember, to have your head screwed on means to be sensible. And to have a head for heights means that you do not suffer from vertigo. A head like a seed means you have a bad memory. To have a good head for figures means that you’re good at math. And to have your head in the clouds means that you’re unaware of reality. To be head and shoulders above someone means you’re much better than that person. To bury your head in the sand means that you refuse to think About a difficult situation, you try to run away from it so that you don’t have to deal with it. And to keep your head is to stay calm in a difficult situation. And now let’s move to idioms that describe how people relate to the social norm. We can say she’s a bit of an oddball, and that means she’s peculiar or strange, an oddball. We can say he’s really over the top. When we say somebody is over the top, we mean that they are very exaggerated in their behavior. We can say he’s gone, or he’s round the bend if you asked me. And that means he’s absolutely crazy or mad. And we can say my politics are very middle of the road. And that means they’re very normal. No radical ideas, neither left nor right wing. So an oddball means strange or peculiar. Over the top means very exaggerated and Behavior around the bend means absolutely crazy or mad and middle of the road means very normal, no radical ideas, no left or right wing. And finally, we have some idioms for people in the classroom. We say for example, he’s Teacher’s pet. And when we say somebody is Teacher’s pet, that means this person is the teacher’s favorite. We can say she’s top of the class and that simply means she’s the best she’s top of the class,

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we can say he is a real know all and that means he thinks he knows everything. We can say that he’s a bit of a big head. And when somebody is have a big head, that means this person has a high opinion of him or herself. And finally, we can say that he is a lazy bones. And when we say he is a lazy bones, we’re talking about a very lazy person. So remember, we can call somebody Teacher’s pet to mean that this person is the teacher’s favorite top of the class for the best. A real no all we used to talk about a person who thinks he or she knows everything. A big head for a person who has a high opinion of him or herself. And finally, a lazy bones for a lazy person. Now remember that a no or a big head? lazy bones are idioms we can use with people outside the classroom situation too. And that’s all for today’s episode. I hope you found the information useful. This was your host Danny, thanks for listening. I’ll see you next time.

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