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The very common fixed figurative expression as ______ as a(n) ___ is often used in informal conversation.Here are more examples, comments on meanings, andnotes on how the examples might be used:

as _____ as a(n) _____ (#2)

as drunk as a skunk: very intoxicated.

X embarrassed himself and everyone elseat the party because he was drunk as askunk when he arrived.

as easy as pie: very easy; requiring little effort.



 A: Was the test difficult? B: Certainly not. In fact, it wasas easy as pie.

as fit as a fiddle: very healthy; very fit; in goodphysical condition.

I know X was in the hospital for a longtime, but there's nothing wrong with himnow. He's as fit as a fiddle.



as good as gold: valuable and very useful; dependable,reputable, kind, and having high moral standards.(When "as good as gold" is used for things, it refers toa high of value and usefulness. When "as good as gold"is used for people, it refers to someone who is dependable,reputable, and kind, and who has high moral standards.

This concert ticket is as good as gold.If you can't go to the concert, you cansell it to someone for a high price.

We're very glad we hired Wanda. She'sa very hard and conscientious worker.We'd recommend her to anyone. She'sas good as gold.



as happy as a lark: very happy; enjoying somethingvery much.

Gina's son really loves to read. If he hasa new book, he's as happy as a lark.



as hard as a rock: very hard; rigid. ("As hard asa rock" describes the feeling of something that ismuch harder than expected.

This mattress is not very comfortable.Actually, it's as hard as a rock.

Wow! His stomach muscles are reallydeveloped! In fact, they're as hard asa rock.



Special Notes:



1. There is no article (a or an) before "pie"in "as easy as pie."   2. Because gold is uncountable, there is alsono article before it in "as good as gold."



to be continued . . . . .

 


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