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to label (someone as).
all pain and no gain; lots of pain and not much gain.
speaking inarticulately (slurring, lisping, etc.).
the proof of the pudding is in the eating; evidence is better than debate.
grumbling of a loser; loser's whining; sour grapes.
anybody can look good with the right clothes; clothes make the man; fine feathers make fine birds; clothes on a packhorse driver.
to keep one's wits about one; to be on one's guard; to be wary of trickery.
to have readied a bow and stand at ready; to watch for an opportunity; to bide one's time; to wait until the time is ripe.
intending to persuade someone and instead being persuaded oneself; going for wool and coming home shorn; the biter bit; the mummy hunter himself becomes a mummy.
false impression; deceptive appearance; mere show.
① stand-offish; distant; not frank; reserved. ② watery (alcohol, coffee, etc.).
incompatible; (going together) like oil and water.
the child is father to the man; the soul of a child of three (is the same) at 100.
not knowing one's social position; overweening; overreaching; forgetting who one is.
① being painfully-true (e.g. reprimand); making one's ears burn; striking home (e.g. remark). ② having an earache; feeling pain in one's ear.