The following idioms and expressions use the construction 'as… as'. Each idiom or expression has a definition and two example sentences to help the comprehension of these common idiomatic expressions with 'as… as'. Once you have studied these expressions, test your knowledge with these two quizzes (Common Idiomatic Phrases Quiz 1 and Common Idiomatic Phrases Quiz 2) to see if you've mastered these common idioms yet.
as bad as all that
Definition: As bad something appears to be
It isn't as bad as all that. You'll be fine tomorrow.
Losing the game isn't as bad as all that.
as big as life
Definition: An exaggerated way to state that someone appeared in a particular place.
There I saw him as big as life!
John came in the room and stood there as big as life.
as black as pitch
Definition: Very dark
I couldn't see a thing in the room because it was as black as pitch.
I can't see a thing. It's as black as pitch. Get a flashlight.
as blind as a bat
Definition: Very bad eyesight
He's as blind as a bat. You can believe what he says.
That ball was in! You're as blind as a bat!
as busy as a beaver / as busy as a bee
Definition: Very busy
I was as busy as a bee over the weekend. I got a lot done.
He's always as busy as a beaver. I wonder if he ever takes a break.
as clean as a whistle
Definition: Very clean
That car is as clean as a whistle now that you've washed it.
I like to keep my desk as clean as a whistle.
as clear as crystal
Definition: Very clear and understandable
Let me be as clear as crystal. Hurry up!
She was as clear as crystal about her intentions.
as cool as a cucumber
Definition: Calm and not nervous
You have to remain as cool as a cucumber to be successful.
I stayed as cool as a cucumber as finished the exercise.
as crazy as a loon
Definition: Very crazy
She's as crazy as a loon. You can't believe a word she says.
I wouldn't worry about his opinion, he's as crazy as a loon.
as dead as a doornail
That's as dead as a doornail. Forget about it.
The project is as dead as a doornail.
as easy as pie
Definition: Very easy
You'll find the exercise is as easy as pie.
This game is as easy as pie.
as far as possible
Definition: As much as possible
I'll see what I can do as far as possible.
She went as far as possible in trying to get the project approved.
as flat as a pancake
Definition: Very flat
Kansas is as flat as a pancake.
Make sure the table is as a flat as a pancake.
as free as a bird
Definition: Feeling very free and care easy
Our children are away for the weekend so we're as free as a bird.
I used to feel as free as a bird when I was younger.
as good as done
Definition: Almost done
The job is as good as done.
We're almost ready to begin. The cake is as good as done.
as happy as a clam
Definition: Very happy and content
I'm as happy as a clam living in Portland.
She seemed as happy as a clam yesterday.
as hard as nails
Definition: Cruel and very hard
He's as hard as nails with his staff.
Don't work for her. She's as hard as nails.
as hungry as a bear
Definition: Very hungry
Do you have a sandwich? I'm as hungry as a bear.
When we arrived I was as hungry as a bear.
as innocent as a lamb
Definition: Without guilt
There's no way she could have done that. She's as innocent as a lamb.
He's only pretending to be as innocent as a lamb.
as mad as a hatter
Don't believe anything he says. He's as mad as a hatter.
They threw him out of court because he was as mad as a hatter.
as old as the hills
Definition: Very old
My aunt is as old as the hills.
That car is as old as the hills.
as plain as day
Definition: Simple, clear
The facts are as plain as day.
What you need to do is as plain as day.
as pleased as punch
Definition: Very happy with something
He's as pleased as punch with the new boss.
She's as pleased as punch with her new car.
as quiet as a mouse
Definition: Very quiet, shy
She sat in the corner and was as quiet as a mouse at the party.
Can you believe that he was as quiet as a mouse when he was a boy?
as right as rain
Definition: Genuine and true
Yes, that's as a right as rain!
She feels his views are as right as rain.
as sick as a dog
Definition: Very sick
My brother is at home as sick as a dog.
I'm feeling as sick as a dog. I think I need to go home.
As sly as a fox
Definition: Smart and clever
She understood the situation and used it to her advantage because she's as sly as a fox.
Don't trust him because he's as sly as a fox.
as soon as possible
Definition: At the earliest moment possible
Could you reply to my request as soon as possible.
I'll get back to you as soon as possible with the information.
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