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activist judge

A judge or justice (particularly of the US Supreme Court) who rules in accordance with their personal ideology rather than with how the law is strictly written; often used in a derogatory or pejorative sense. Primarily heard in US, South Africa. Many attributed the strict environmental rulings to the activist judge who was appointed last November and is known for his love of nature.
See also: activist, judge

(some score) from the East German judge

An imaginary and exaggeratedly low score for some event, action, statement, or attempt deemed to be a failure or inadequate in some way. It is a reference to judges from the former country of East Germany, who were often seen as giving unfairly low scores to competitors from other countries during international sporting events. I'd say that pitiful retort would only get you 2 out of 10 from the East German judges, my friend.
See also: east, german, judge

you be the judge of that

You decide the worth, value, accuracy, etc. of something. Mother: "Did the kids finish their chores?" Father: "You be the judge of that." I think this cake tastes good, but you be the judge of that.
See also: judge, of, that

don't judge a book by its cover

Don't base your opinion of something (or someone) on the way it (or one) looks. This report may look dull, but don't judge a book by its cover—I will have you riveted by the facts and figures in no time! I know she's a little frumpy, but don't judge a book by its cover, man!
See also: book, cover, judge

no one should be judge in his own cause

A phrase that aims to preserve impartiality, as a judge would likely be swayed or otherwise affected if they were intimately involved in the issue at hand. It is a translation of the Latin legal maxim nemo debet esse iudex in propria causa. A: "My lawyers are seeking a mistrial in an attempt to get a different judge—one with no ties to my former company." B: "That's a good idea. No one should be judge in his own cause."
See also: cause, judge, no, one, own, should

any (one) worth (one's) salt

A person who warrants respect in a certain field or area, typically because they do their job well. "Any" is typically followed by a particular profession or title. Any teacher worth his salt is able to inspire his students. Any doctor worth her salt is able to diagnose conditions accurately.
See also: any, salt, worth

be (as) sober as a judge

1. To be stoic and reserved, perhaps even somber. Anita has been sober as a judge ever since she heard of Marshall's death.
2. To be calm and rational. He's usually as sober as a judge, so I'm confident that he'll make a sound decision.
3. To be not at all intoxicated. I haven't been drinking at all, I swear! I'm sober as a judge!
See also: judge, sober

wear (one's particular profession's) hat

To act as one would in one's particular profession while in a different setting. Bobby, I know you're off duty, but can you please wear your doctor's hat for five minutes and tell me what's wrong with my arm? I don't want to have to go to the hospital. My wife was still wearing her judge's hat when she tried to intervene with our neighbor's arguing kids.
See also: hat, particular, wear

not judge a book by its cover

To not judge the true qualities or characteristics of someone or something just by assessing superficial details alone. His leather jacket made him seem like a bit of a jerk to me, but I guess you shouldn't judge a book by its cover.
See also: book, cover, judge, not

you can't judge a book by its cover

You cannot determine or should not judge the true qualities or characteristics of someone or something just by assessing superficial details alone. He seemed like a bit of a jerk to me, but I guess you can't judge a book by its cover.
See also: book, cover, judge

judge between (someone or something and someone or something else)

to decide between people or things, in any combination. You can't expect me to judge between apples and oranges, can you? Can you judge between the prosecution and the defense?
See also: judge

Judge not, lest ye be judged.

 and Judge not, that ye be not judged.
Prov. If you condemn other people, then they will have the right to condemn you, so it is best not to condemn them. (Biblical.) Jill: I'm sure Gloria is the one who's been stealing from petty cash. She's so sloppy, nasty, and ill-mannered. Don't you think she'd be capable of theft? Jane: Judge not, lest ye be judged.
See also: judge, ye

judge one on one's own merits

to evaluate one on one's own good and bad points and no one else's. Please judge Janet on her own merits. I was judged on my own merits.
See also: judge, merit, on, one, own

judge something on its own merits

to evaluate something on its own good and bad points and nothing else. You must judge this proposal on its own merits. The proposal has not been judged on its own merits.
See also: judge, merit, on, own

judging by something

 and judging from something
to make a decision or judgment based on something. Judging by the amount of food eaten, everyone must have been very hungry. Judging from the mess that's left, the party must have been a good one.
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*sober as a judge

 
1. Cliché very formal, somber, or stuffy. (*Also: as ~.) You certainly look gloomy, Bill. You're sober as a judge. Tom's as sober as a judge. I think he's angry.
2. Cliché not drunk; alert and completely sober. (*Also: as ~.) John's drunk? No, he's as sober as a judge. You should be sober as a judge when you drive a car.
See also: judge, sober

judge a book by its cover, one can't

One can't rely on outward appearances to know what something or someone is really like. For example, He seems very quiet, but you can't judge a book by its cover. [First half of 1900s]
See also: book, judge, one

sober as a judge

Not at all intoxicated, quite clear-headed, as in Even after three drinks he was sober as a judge. Why judges should be equated with sobriety is not known, but the simile was first recorded in 1694.
See also: judge, sober

you can't judge a book by its cover

or

you can't judge a book by the cover

You say you can't judge a book by its cover or you can't judge a book by the cover to mean that you should not judge someone or something by what they look like or what they seem like at first. If he loves her I'm happy for them. You can't judge a book by its cover. We may say that we don't believe in judging a book by the cover, but research has shown that we do, over and over again.
See also: book, cover, judge

sober as a judge

BRITISH, OLD-FASHIONED
If someone is as sober as a judge, they have drunk no alcohol at all. For five years I was as sober as a judge.
See also: judge, sober

sober as a judge

completely sober.
See also: judge, sober

don’t judge a ˌbook by its ˈcover

(saying) used to say that you should not form an opinion about somebody/something from their appearance only: When we arrived we found that the hotel we’d booked looked awful, but as they say, you should never judge a book by its cover.
See also: book, cover, judge

(as) sober as a ˈjudge

not at all affected by alcohol: I was driving, so of course I was sober as a judge. OPPOSITE: (as) drunk as a lord
See also: judge, sober

(as) sober as a judge

mod. as sober (free from alcohol) as it is possible to be. Kelly—who was starched as could be—claimed to be sober as a judge.
See also: judge, sober

sober as a judge

verb
See also: judge, sober
References in classic literature ?
The Judge had wedded but a single wife, and lost her in the third or fourth year of their marriage.
Whether the Judge in any degree resembled him, the further progress of our narrative may show.
Here the curate went on to relate briefly his brother's adventure with Zoraida; to all which the Judge gave such an attentive hearing that he never before had been so much of a hearer.
All this and more the Judge uttered with such deep emotion at the news he had received of his brother that all who heard him shared in it, showing their sympathy with his sorrow.
The judge stared with astonishment, and the priests were stupefied.
He hastened for a policeman; and this was how the party came to be arrested and brought before Judge Obadiah.
Now, Judge Temple, can you tell me what has brought three such men as Indian John, Natty Bumppo, and Oliver Edwards together?
The Judge did not reply, but his brow had contracted, with a thoughtfulness that he always wore when much interested, and his eyes rested on his cousin in expectation of hearing more.
We are not here to consider your previous actions," bellowed Judge Witberg.
Everybody in Ruth's family looked up to Judge Blount as a man of power and achievement, and they were horrified at Martin's outbreak.
Serjeant Buzfuz rubbed his eyes very hard with a large white handkerchief, and gave an appealing look towards the jury, while the judge was visibly affected, and several of the beholders tried to cough down their emotion.
But he mustn't lose any chance that might be of help to him," Judge Scott exclaimed.
So changed was he that the Judge himself would not have recognized him; and the express messengers breathed with relief when they bundled him off the train at Seattle.
But the judge said, 'It is only this once, he will soon have done.
According to the plan of the convention, all judges who may be appointed by the United States are to hold their offices during good behavior; which is conformable to the most approved of the State constitutions and among the rest, to that of this State.
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