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comfortable in (one's) own skin

Displaying a relaxed confidence in and clear understanding of oneself and one's abilities, especially when presenting oneself to or interacting with other people. Though his girlfriend's group of friends are all older and more established in life, he is comfortable enough in his own skin to have no problem mingling with them at parties. Janet is so comfortable in her own skin that I have no doubt that she'll find her ideal path in life.
See also: comfortable, own, skin

comfortable circumstances

The state of having enough money to live well. We used to have barely enough money to pay rent, but ever since Pat got that promotion, we've been living in comfortable circumstances.

slip into something more comfortable

A set phrase usually said seductively to a prospective sexual partner. Why don't you pour the wine while I slip into something more comfortable?
See also: comfortable, more, slip

*comfortable as an old shoe

Cliché very comfortable; very comforting and familiar. (*Also: as ~.) My old house may seem small to you, but I think it's cozy. It's as comfortable as an old shoe.
See also: comfortable, old, shoe

comfortable as an old shoe, as

Familiar and very much at ease, as in Kathy's really enjoying her third summer at the same camp-for her it's comfortable as an old shoe . This simile was once put as easy as an old shoe, first recorded in J. T. Brockett's North Country Glossary (1825). It was most often applied to friends, as in the proverb Old shoes are easy, old friends are best, but today it is used more broadly for easy familiarity in any situation.
See also: comfortable, old
References in classic literature ?
When dinner was over, he returned to his comfortable chair before the fire, and Mrs.
And this was the fate of persons who had possessed a comfortable property in their native country.
Depend upon it, they were all perfectly comfortable.
He had comfortable, even luxurious apartments, but I would have given much to have had him with me; and if he had been, the thing which happened that night would not have come to pass.
Oh, he is old, and has worked enough in his lifetime," interrupted the girl Ruler; "so we must find a place for your uncle and aunt where they will be comfortable and happy and need not work more than they care to.
He's comfortable here and well looked after; make him an allowance, or give him a good lump sum in lieu of all claims.
But the warm fall weather passed, and on bitter nights of frost or damp nights of drizzle, the street corner was not a comfortable meeting-place.
EARLY in the present century it was generally reported among the neighbors of one Reuben Limbrick that he was in a fair way to make a comfortable little fortune by dealing in Salt.
We are bound to make the best of our new lodgings, and make ourselves comfortable.
A very wholesome and comfortable doctrine, and to which we have but one objection, namely, that it is not true.
But I say unto you, ye comfortable ones, that IT TAKETH TO ITSELF, and will ever take more and more from you!
Twenty years before, when Dolly was a child, the lodge had been roomy and comfortable, though, like all lodges, it stood sideways to the entrance avenue, and faced the south.
I was shown into a comfortable little sitting-room, and found myself in the presence of a comfortable little elderly lady.
When I have shown this gentleman out, I'll make you up such a comfortable dose, my woman; such a comfortable dose
Ah," says he, "if I hadn't been obliged to take that ugly article at the old broker's valuation, I might have got something comfortable for the money.