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beyond description

To a great degree. My poor car is wrecked beyond description. It just looks so awful.
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answer to the description (of)

To match a description of physical appearance. We had to release that suspect—he didn't answer to the description the witnesses gave us. She answers to the description of the missing girl.
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beggar (all) description

To defy attempts at description; to be difficult or impossible to describe or explain. My mother loves decorating for Christmas, so during the holidays, her house is fit for Santa himself. It truly beggars description. My boss's incompetence is astounding. It truly beggars all description.
See also: beggar, description

answer to the description of someone

Fig. to match a particular set of physical or facial characteristics. Chuck answers to the description his sister gave us. The man in police custody answers to the description of the burglar.
See also: answer, description, of

beggar (all) description

to defy description; to be unable to be described. The house was a horrible mess. The place beggared description. Our reaction to the proposal beggars description. We were deeply disturbed for days.
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blow-by-blow account

 and blow-by-blow description
Fig. a detailed description (of an event) given as the event takes place. (This referred originally to reporting on boxing.) I want to listen to a blow-by-blow account of the prizefight. The lawyer got the witness to give a blow-by-blow description of the argument.
See also: account

play-by-play description

a description of an event given as the event is taking place. (Usually in reference to a sporting event.) And now here is Bill Jones with a play-by-play description of the baseball game. John was giving me a play-by-play description of the argument going on next door.
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beggar description

Defy or outdo any possible description, as in The stage set was so elaborate, it beggared description. This term, alluding to the idea that words are insufficient to do something justice, was already used by Shakespeare in Antony and Cleopatra (2:2), "For her own person It beggared all description."
See also: beggar, description

beggar beˈlief/deˈscription

be too strange and unusual to be believed/described: It beggars belief that no one knew she was stealing money for so long.The sight of him completely covered with mud and oil beggared description.

a ˌblow-by-ˌblow acˈcount, deˈscription, etc.

an account, a description, etc. in which all the details of an event are told in the order in which they happened: He gave us a blow-by-blow account of everything he had done that day.
References in classic literature ?
Lecount get the description which you read downstairs?
Lecount's description are at variance with each other in the most important particular, and beg that the subject may not be mentioned again.
Fix instinctively took the passport, and with a rapid glance read the description of its bearer.
Gosse's description of which, like his pretty poem on Lubeck, made one think that what the accomplished group of poets to which he belongs requires is, above all, novelty of motive, of subject.
Harrison was right, and she forced herself to expunge most of her beloved descriptions, though it took three re-writings before the story could be pruned down to please the fastidious Mr.
I've left out ALL the descriptions but the sunset," she said at last.
That part of the description is useless," the doctor remarked; "he would change his clothes.
He called him "The Well of English undefiled,"* and after many hundred years we still feel the truth of the description.
But how are we to apply her description to the right person?
Perhaps four subjects of description may be distinguished: 1.
This I will proceed to describe; but as you may think the description a little too coarse, I ask you to suppose, Socrates, that the words which follow are not mine.
A short hint of what we can do in the sublime, and a description of Miss Sophia Western.
The victims of persecution had now turned persecutors on their own account, and persecutors of the most terrible description.
Whether I could by any diagrams or descriptions (other than the enumeration of imaginary sides and angles) indicate the Figure I was pleased to call a Cube?
If in the descriptions given by historians, especially French ones, we find their wars and battles carried out in accordance with previously formed plans, the only conclusion to be drawn is that those descriptions are false.