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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?

(as) comfortable as an old shoe

Very familiar or comfortable, especially in an agreeably unpretentious or unrestrained manner. This car may have seen better years, but it's still comfortable as an old shoe to drive around in.
See also: comfortable, old, shoe

nice and (something)

A construction used to emphasize how nice something is because of a particular quality that one names. I love your new house! It's nice and bright inside! Ah, this lemonade is nice and cold—just the thing for such a hot day.
See also: and, nice

*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

ˌnice and ˈpeaceful, ˈcomfortable, ˈwarm, etc.

pleasantly peaceful, etc: Sit by the fire. It’s nice and warm there.Drink your coffee while it’s nice and hot.
See also: and, nice
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Moreover, two questions were asked regarding effort and comfortableness of arm position: "How much effort have you had to make with your arm?
Ellis Rabb felt that actors who acted together over a period of time developed a comfort on stage that was invaluable--there was richness to the work that resulted from two actors knowing each other well and being able to use that comfortableness to enrich their work," Clayton says.
We attributed this in part to group dynamics and level of comfortableness both with us and the other student athletes present in the session.
They come from the fringes of comfortableness, where they might feel excluded from the middle-classes.
One of the themes we've had running through our club for a fair while now, is a comfortableness and confidence within ourselves about who we are and what we are trying to achieve," said the Molineux chief executive.
Examples of functional design cues are the layout, comfortableness, signs and symbols.
This reaches an extreme point in Robert Davidson's essay on Catalan journalist and novelist Lluis Capdevila's Memories d'un llit de matrimoni in which the narrator happens to be an inanimate object, the matrimonial bed (an apt symbol of bourgeois comfortableness in modern society), that becomes very animated as it moves from its natural state as part of a tree in a forest, to its crafted existence as part of the apparatus of a bed, and eventually to its decline and eventual return to the countryside in the form of kindling for a bonfire.
Unfortunately, the elements of quality housing, sufficient facilities, comfortableness and affordable housing have not been addressed considerably resulting in the hesitation of squatters to move to houses provided for them.
Familiarity, Comfortableness and Predictability of Song as "Holding Environment" for Mothers of Premature Babies.
Private-sector research by organizational experts such as Senge, Covey, Schein, Tichy and others identify and stress the importance of self-esteem, job satisfaction, continual learning and comfortableness as elements in retaining staff.
I find in my own experience that a coziness, a comfortableness, develops between and among the directors, the management, and the staff, which doesn't produce the most electrifying results that one would like.
In his enthusiasm, one student expressed his comfortableness with the library and explained how he uses it to check email, surf the internet, do class work, study, and many of his personal communications.
Because the youths in the study received services from an agency that serves the sexual minority community, adolescents seeking assistance from agencies that do not have this focus may differ on issues such as degree of openness about their sexual orientation, comfortableness with their sexual identity, or in other similar ways.
As the spectator becomes conscious of his or her imagination as authoritative in regard to the unfolding representation, there is a simultaneous disruption of the comfortableness and predictability of the viewer-dominated scenario by means of this alternative geography that reveals unimagined aspects to the unfolding violence.