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3 Common APPEARANCE Idioms (with conversation practice!)

When was the last time you cried your eyes out? This means to cry strongly and for a long time. Someone who cries their eyes out usually has red eyes and looks incredibly sad when they're finished. Keep reading for examples of this and two other common appearance idioms. And don't forget to answer the practice questions at the end!

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catch someone’s eye.

to attract attention because of how someone or something looks, or

because of a particular feature of that person or thing

“Her smile really caught my eye.”

“I was looking at new cars, and the price of this one really caught my eye.”

“The décor inside the restaurant caught my eye, so we decided to go in.”

“I know that look. You’re in love. Who’s caught your eye?”

common sentence: “What really caught my eye was/were…(feature)”

look like a million bucks.

to look great; to look exceptionally well-dressed, attractive, and/or in very good health; in sports, to play exceptionally well and look to be in great shape (note: “bucks” is slang for dollars)

“He looked like a million bucks at his wedding.”

“Once I’m done styling your hair, you’ll look like a million bucks.”

“Did you see the game last night? Lebron James looked like a million bucks.”

“Wow! Looks like your vacation was a good idea. You look like a million bucks!”

common sentence: “He/She looks like a million bucks.”

cry one’s eyes out.

to cry strongly and for a long time; to weep at length

“I cried my eyes out at the end of the movie.”

“Seeing her again made me cry my eyes out.”

“Your grandparents are going to cry their eyes out when they see you!”

“He cried his eyes out after his girlfriend broke up with him.”

common sentence: “I cried my eyes out.”

Conversation practice

What's a movie that made you cry your eyes out?

Ex. "I cried my eyes out during Toy Story 3." / "Toy Story 3 made me cry my eyes out."

Do you know anyone who always looks like a million bucks?

Ex. "I have an uncle who always looks like a million bucks. He's a CEO, so he has to!"

When you meet someone for the first time, what's usually the first thing to catch your eye?

Ex. "A person's smile is usually the first thing to catch my eye."

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