English Idioms about People

Some useful English idioms for describing people in social situations

Listen, read, and guess what the idioms mean.  Then check below.

Brains and Beauty

A Hollywood actress once met a British philosopher, Bertrand Russell. Whereas he was quite ugly, she turned heads wherever she went.

She was rather full of herself and said to Russell, ‘They say I’m the most beautiful woman in the world, and I hear you’re the smartest man. Imagine if we had a child with your brains and my beauty.’

Russell, who was never lost for words, replied, ‘But imagine if it had my beauty and your brains.’


turned heads – attracted attention because attractive and stylish

cartoon: glamorous woman

full of herself – pleased with herself, over-confident, and talking a lot about herself

lost for words – not knowing what to say especially in a surprising situation

Practice: choose the right idiom.

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