Rliberni's Blog – Radical language

June 8, 2009

Everyday similes

We use idiomatic language in everyday speech to make it more interesting and provide a mental picture for our listeners.

English has a huge collection of idioms and these often pose a problem for non-native speakers.

The best way to learn idioms is in small memorable batches which, if possible, have a relationship with each other (for example,  phrasal verbs are usually divided into groups by verb or preposition).  Use your new idioms as soon as you can. That way you will have a better chance of remembering them.

Metaphors and similes (ways of making comparisons) are also used frequently in everyday English. Here are a few for you to learn. Don’t forget to use them as soon as you can!

These similes (comparisons using as ….as) are very common in everyday speech – here are some useful ones

Simile                                                                                      Meaning
1. As daft as a brush                                                                                    silly or stupid
2. As thick as two short planks                                                               stupid
3. As cold as ice                                                                                            very cold
4. As black as coal                                                                                        very black or dirty
5. As right as rain                                                                                         OK
6. As quiet as a mouse                                                                                very quiet or still
7. As mad as hell                                                                                           very angry
8. As nice as pie                                                                                             nice (usually ironic)
9. As good as gold                                                                                         well behaved (babies/children)
10. As old as the hills                                                                                   old/ancient
11. As white as a sheet                                                                                 afraid/ill
12. As mad as a hatter                                                                                  crazy

Examples of usage:

1. Take no notice of my brother he’s as daft as a brush, always joking!
2. I don’t understand how this works I must be as thick as two short planks.
3. It must be freezing out there your hands are as cold as ice!
4. Look at your face it’s as black as coal what have you been doing?
5. She’s very upset but she’ll be as right as rain after she’s had a good cry.
6. Now, if you can all be as quite as a mouse we’ll watch a film later on.
7. I don’t know what was said in the meeting but he came out as mad as hell.
8. To your face she’s as nice as pie but she will say different things behind your back.
9. The children have been as good as gold all evening.
10. That joke is as old as the hills!
11. What happened? You look as white as a sheet.
12. Don’t take any notice of him he’s as mad as a hatter!



  1. thanks u answerd my home work !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Comment by AstonCrazy24 — June 9, 2012 @ 2:05 pm | Reply

    • Happy to be of service 🙂

      Comment by rliberni — June 11, 2012 @ 11:53 am | Reply

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