brown as a berry


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(as) brown as a berry

Having tanned skin due to sun exposure. Primarily heard in UK. She was as brown as a berry when she returned from her tropical vacation.
See also: berry, brown

*brown as a berry

very brown from the sun; quite suntanned. (*Also: as ~.) She was out in the sun so much that she became as brown as a berry.
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brown as a berry

If someone is as brown as a berry, they are very tanned because they have been out in the sun. Steve Hobbs had just come back from his holiday. Brown as a berry he was, when he came round here the following Monday. She rode out to the yacht in a launch with a basket of fresh vegetables to find Franklin brown as a berry and in his usual fine spirits. Note: The reference may be to juniper or cedar berries, which are brown, as most other berries are red, purple, or white.
See also: berry, brown