Bad Egg

Meaning of Idiom ‘Bad Egg’ A bad egg is a person who, although they seem to be good, turns out to be a very bad person; one who cannot be trusted. Bad egg is the opposite of good egg. Examples Of Use “I’m telling you, Robert is just a bad egg. I wouldn’t trust him if … Read more

Show Your True Colors, to

An expression in use since the 1800’s. Meaning To show your true colors means to reveal your true character, feelings, opinions, etc. Usage This idiom is always used in a negative sense, to describe someone who seemed to be a better person than they turned out to be once their ‘true colors’ came out. Examples … Read more

Not Have A ______ Bone In One’s Body

Meaning of Idiom ‘Not Have a — Bone in One’s Body This character idiom can be positive, negative, or neutral depending on the adjective used, such as lazy, honest, selfish, kind, etc. It means that the person being referred to absolutely does not possess the quality named. 1Ayto, John. Oxford Dictionary of English Idioms. Oxford: Oxford … Read more

Full Of Yourself

Meaning of Idiom ‘Full of Yourself’ (or oneself) To be full of yourself is to be pompous, self-centered, arrogant, conceited, etc.; to have an exaggerated sense of self-importance and to think you are special; to have an inflated opinion of yourself. Usage This expression is entirely negative and when we use it it is because we are … Read more

Fair-Weather Friend

Used since at least the mid-1800’s, but probably originated earlier. Meaning of Idiom ‘Fair Weather Friend’ A fair-weather friend is a friend who is with you during the good times but abandons you when things go wrong. In other words, it is the kind of friend who cannot be relied upon during bad times or … Read more