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as big as life

Present before someone, often surprisingly so. I can't believe I saw the first lady today. I turned the corner at the grocery store, and there she was, as big as life!
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*big as life (and twice as ugly)

 and *large as life (and twice as ugly); bigger than life (and twice as ugly)
Cliché a colorful way of saying that a person or a thing appeared, often surprisingly or dramatically, in a particular place. (*Also: as ~.) The little child just stood there as big as life and laughed very hard. I opened the door, and there was Tom as large as life. I came home and found this cat in my chair, as big as life and twice as ugly.
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big as life

Also, large as life. In person, as in And there was Mary, big as life, standing right in front of me. This phrase transfers the same size as in real life (life-size) to an actual appearance. Sometimes this term is embellished with and quite as natural, presumably alluding to a likeness of a person or thing that closely resembles the real thing. A similar addition is and twice as natural, which doesn't make sense. [Late 1800s]
2. Also, larger than life; big as all outdoors. On a grand scale, as in The soap opera could well be called a larger-than-life drama, or That friend of his was as big as all outdoors. This phrase can be used either literally, for larger than life-size (second example) or figuratively. The phrase all outdoors has been used to compare something or someone to an immensity since the early 1800s.
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com)-- After a very successful debut in the exciting city of Atlanta, Baje Fletcher is bringing her bigger than life personality, passion for success, and the need to share her experiences with other women to Los Angeles.
You go to the movies to be entertained; you watch sports and you ask to be entertained and we want our athletes to be the biggest, the baddest they can be - regardless of how level the playing field is - and in the end we want our athletes to be heroes and to be great and to be bigger than life.
Malcolm Quinn, chairman of Dryburn Theatrical Workshop, said: "Aladdin is one of those bigger than life pantomimes which provides the chance for everyone to escape into the magical world of the Arabian Nights and for us to have fun with such a traditional story and a new and exciting script.
They left flowers in JR's room and fan Linda Sproule said: "JR was bigger than life in some ways.
As one would expect, he was bigger than life, wearing a flowing black cape and broad-brimmed hat, looking much like he had just walked off the set of 'Jane Eyre.
Flores" (Flowers; 2002), a series of gigantic close-ups of flowers and plants with evident sexual allusions, revels in baroque sensuality; bigger than life, they look exquisite in the gallery space.
I would say, there was a curiosity about the stars and the people who brought bigger than life characters onto the screen.
It's almost like the way society puts a spotlight on a flaw, magnifying it until it's bigger than life.
Historically many Farm Broadcasters have used their bigger than life personalities to keep their audience's attention.
In a way, burlesque has given women like Dixie, women like me, women like Mae West a platform where we can live and be bigger than life and be ourselves and play, have fun.
But the Bible makes them bigger than life because the author wants us to see the contrast in the quality of David's faith and Saul's faith.
Nicholas Ray not only blew the lid off an epidemic of castrating mother figures in Rebel Without a Cause, he warned of the growing perils of cortisone addiction in Bigger Than Life.
Catch him bigger than life at your nearest IMAX theater.