Look like a drowned rat



verb phrase

To have a singularly disheveled, subdued, and unsightly appearance: When they got off the boat after a weekend they looked like drowned rats (1508+)

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  • Look like a million dollars

    Appear attractive or prosperous. For example, The painter did a good job—the house looks like a million dollars. The related feel like a million dollars means “feel healthy,” as in Helen came back from her winter vacation feeling like a million dollars. [ c. 1920 ]

  • Look like death

    Also, look or feel like death warmed over. Look or feel very ill or exhausted. For example, After two nights without sleep, Bill looked like death warmed over, or This cold makes me feel like death. [ ; 1930s ]



  • Look like death warmed over

    verb phrase To look miserable; look ill and exhausted; have a wretched mien: I don’t know what the news was, but Frank looks like death warmed over (1939+)

  • Look on the bright side

    see: bright side



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