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*big as life (and twice as ugly)

 and *large as life (and twice as ugly); bigger than life (and twice as ugly)
Cliché a colorful way of saying that a person or a thing appeared, often surprisingly or dramatically, in a particular place. (*Also: as ~.) The little child just stood there as big as life and laughed very hard. I opened the door, and there was Tom as large as life. I came home and found this cat in my chair, as big as life and twice as ugly.
See also: big, life

die a natural death

1. Lit. [for someone] to die by disease or old age rather than by violence or foul play. I hope to live to 100 and die a natural death. The police say she didn't die a natural death, and they are investigating.
2. Fig. [for something] to fade away or die down. I expect that all this excitement about the scandal will die a natural death. Most fads die a natural death.
See also: death, die, natural

*second nature to someone

easy and natural for someone. (*Typically: be ~; become ~.) Swimming is second nature to Jane. Flying a helicopter is no problem for Bob. It's become second nature to him.
See also: nature, second

die a death

  (British) also die a natural death (American & Australian)
to fail and end The principle of free health care for everyone is likely to die a death in the next ten years. The play, like so many others, died a natural death after only one week.
See also: death, die


having the qualities and abilities which you need in order to be good at doing a particular thing (always before noun) Carl was a natural-born salesman, and quickly expanded the company's world-wide sales.

big as life

Also, large as life. In person, as in And there was Mary, big as life, standing right in front of me. This phrase transfers the same size as in real life (life-size) to an actual appearance. Sometimes this term is embellished with and quite as natural, presumably alluding to a likeness of a person or thing that closely resembles the real thing. A similar addition is and twice as natural, which doesn't make sense. [Late 1800s]
2. Also, larger than life; big as all outdoors. On a grand scale, as in The soap opera could well be called a larger-than-life drama, or That friend of his was as big as all outdoors. This phrase can be used either literally, for larger than life-size (second example) or figuratively. The phrase all outdoors has been used to compare something or someone to an immensity since the early 1800s.
See also: big, life


see under big as life.


n. someone with obvious natural talent. Can she ever dance! What a natural!


mod. born with talent or skill. She is really a natural-born dancer.
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Semantic Preferences and Survey Form Age Gender: Education Semantic Assessment Naturalness Low 1 (-3) 2(-2) 1(-3) 4(0) Variety-Complexity Low Unity Low Fascination Low Vividness Low Meaningfulness Low Age Job: Naturalness 5(1) 6(2) 7(3) High Variety-Complexity High Unity High Fascination High Vividness High Meaningfulness High Photo no: Table 2.
4) Nevertheless, a claim about the naturalness of an entity may sometimes refer to its being suitable or belonging to someone or something.
To improve the naturalness of output speech we will mainly concentrate on proper cutting of the syllables and position of the syllable in the word.
This view of naturalness is commonplace in linguistics (Havers 1931: 171), under the names of tendency to economize (utilized first of all by the speaker) and tendency to be accurate (mainly in the hearer's interest).
The charm of their idyllic romance is captured during long walks in the countryside, where Benny's naturalness allows them to talk easily about everything, even their growing desire for sex.
It is a way of life that is typically Japanese, and yet it reflects the mysticism of India, the Taoist's love of naturalness and spontaneity, and the thorough pragmatism of the Confucian mind.
The significance of social context on behavior, the need for psychology to be concerned with ethical perspectives, and the naturalness and necessity of conflict in life are some of Erikson's themes emphasized by the video.
com/research/smlt9q/functionality) has announced the addition of the "Functionality, Naturalness and Stevia Key to Developing Beverages to Fit Today's trends" report to their offering.
ECOCERT also checks for the absence of GM0s, parabens, phenoxyethanol, nanoparticles, silicon and animal-derived ingredients, a fact, which further highlights the naturalness of the solutions Galactic provides.
The research shows 74% of people surveyed thought that "natural" meant "healthier," illustrating just how strongly the idea of naturalness is when connected to healthier products.
The other accepts real natural properties but takes their naturalness to come by degrees.
Although health is normally not a key driver in confectionery purchasing and consumption, the rising level of interest in naturalness as a whole has been making a growing impression in the confectionery sector and driving the move to 'clean labelling' by the industry.
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Intelligent Nutrients--the certified organic health and beauty brand created by Aveda founder Horst Rechelbacher--recently received high marks in a brand assessment by Organic Monitor, for the brand's high naturalness in their products.
Head of retail and wholesale for Esprit in Australia, Sophia Hwang-Judiesch, admitted that Bundchen is a figure, who embodies the elegance, charisma and naturalness the brand was trying to represent.
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