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(as) cross as a bear with a sore head

Exceptionally irritable, annoyed, or grumpy. John is always cross as a bear with a sore head first thing in the morning; it's best not to even talk to him until he's had his coffee. Janet was as cross as a bear with a sore head when she found out she had missed her connecting flight.
See also: bear, cross, head, sore

a sore loser

Someone who complains, becomes upset, or otherwise reacts very negatively when he or she fails or loses at something competitive. Don't be such a sore loser, Jim. I know you pride yourself on your racquetball skills, but I beat you fair and square.
See also: loser, sore

sight for sore eyes

Fig. a welcome sight. Oh, am I glad to see you here! You're a sight for sore eyes. I'm sure hungry. This meal is a sight for sore eyes.
See also: eye, sight, sore

*sore (at someone)

Fig. angry at someone. (*Typically: be ~; get ~; make someone ~.) When Mary hears what you said about her, she'll get sore for sure. Please don't get sore at me.

stick out

to project outward. You can't lock your suitcase because there is a bit of cloth sticking out. some cloth stuck out of the top of the drawer.
See also: out, stick

stick out

(from someone or something) to project outward from someone or something. His right arm, which was in a cast, stuck out from him like a crane. His arm stuck out.
See also: out, stick

stick out like a sore thumb

Fig. to be very obvious. That pimple really sticks out like a sore thumb. Do you think I would stick out like a sore thumb at the party if I wear this coat?
See also: like, out, sore, stick, thumb

stick out (of someone or something)

to protrude from someone or something. The arrow stuck out of him, wobbling as he staggered. A dollar bill stuck out of the book. What a strange bookmark.
See also: out, stick

stick something out

to endure something; to stay with something. (The something can be vaguely expressed using it.) I will stick it out as long as I can. she stuck out the abuse as long as she could; then she started looking for another job.
See also: out, stick

touch a sore spot

 and touch a sore point
Fig. to refer to a sensitive matter that will upset someone. (Fig. on the notion of touching an injury and causing pain.) I seem to have touched a sore spot. I'm sorry. I didn't mean to upset you. When you talk to him, avoid talking about money. It's best not to touch a sore point if possible.
See also: sore, spot, touch

a sight for sore eyes

something you are happy to see The many taxis in the city are a sight for sore eyes when it's raining.
See also: eye, sight, sore

stick out

to be very easily noticed because of being different Dye your hair orange and you'll really stick out in a small town like this.
Related vocabulary: stand out
See also: out, stick

stick out like a sore thumb

also stand out like a sore thumb
to be easily noticed as different Ted wore old jeans to the party, and he stuck out like a sore thumb among all the well-dressed guests.
See also: like, out, sore, stick, thumb

be like a bear with a sore head

  (British & Australian humorous)
to be in a bad mood which causes you to treat other people badly and complain a lot If his newspaper doesn't arrive by breakfast time he's like a bear with a sore head.
See bring to bear, bear the brunt of
See also: bear, head, like, sore

be a sight for sore eyes

if someone or something is a sight for sore eyes, you feel happy to see them A cup of coffee - that's a sight for sore eyes. You're a sight for sore eyes, all dressed up in your new outfit.
See also: eye, sight, sore

a sore point/spot

a subject which someone would prefer not to talk about because it makes them angry or embarrassed (often + with ) I tried not to make any reference to Mike's drinking habits - I know it's a sore point with Kay at the moment.
See also: point, sore

stand/stick out like a sore thumb

if someone or something sticks out like a sore thumb, everyone notices them because they are very different from the other people or things around them Everyone else was in jeans and casual gear and I had my office clothes on - I stuck out like a sore thumb.
See also: like, out, sore, stand, thumb

cross as a bear

Grumpy, ill-humored, annoyed, as in Stay away from Claire; she's cross as a bear this morning. Unlike the earlier cross as two stocks, this survives even though the adjective cross for "ill-tempered" is otherwise not used much in America. It is sometimes amplified as cross as a bear with a sore head. [Early 1700s]
See also: bear, cross

sight for sore eyes, a

One whom it is a relief or joy to see, as in Linda, who had not seen him in 15 years, told him he was a sight for sore eyes. This idiom implies an appearance so welcome that it heals ailing eyes. [First half of 1700s]
See also: sight, sore

sore point, a

A sensitive or annoying issue, as in Don't mention diets to Elsie; it's a sore point with her. This idiom was first recorded as a sore place in 1690.
See also: sore

stick out

1. Also, stick out a mile or like a sore thumb. Be very prominent or conspicuous, as in Dad's funny hat made him stick out in the crowd, or That purple house sticks out a mile, or John's lie sticks out like a sore thumb. The first term dates from the mid-1500s, the variants from the first half of the 1900s. The variant using thumb alludes to the propensity for holding an injured thumb stiffly, making it stand out (and thereby risking further injury).
2. Continue doing something, endure something, as in I know you don't like it but you have to stick out the job for another month. [Late 1600s] A variant is stick it out, as in His new play's boring, but since he's my cousin we'd better stick it out. [Late 1800s] Also see stick it, def. 1.
See also: out, stick

stick out

1. To project or protrude: The tag is sticking out of your shirt. A flagpole stuck out from the front of the house.
2. To cause something to project or protrude: The child stuck out her hand for candy. He stuck his tongue out at me.
3. To be prominent; be conspicuous: Do you think a pink suit will stick out too much? This essay stuck out from the other submissions.
4. To endure something: We stuck out two years without electricity or running water. There was only one month left of school, so I stuck it out and transferred the following year.
5. stick out for To resist capitulating in negotiations so as to achieve some more favorable terms: The striking workers stuck out for better wages.
See also: out, stick


mod. angry. She is one sore old lady. You should give her teeth back.

stick out like a sore thumb

in. to be very obvious. Do you think I would stick out like a sore thumb at the party if I wear this coat?
See also: like, out, sore, stick, thumb

touch a sore point

tv. to mention something that upsets someone. I touched a sore point with Larry when I mentioned taxes.
See also: point, sore, touch

sight for sore eyes

One whom it is a relief or joy to see.
See also: eye, sight, sore
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Pressure sores are painful and debilitating and, if untreated, can cause serious injury and even death.
Bedsores (also known as pressure sores or ulcers) affect not only elderly patients, although the elderly are more vulnerable due to decreased mobility and ageing skin.
The over-the-counter cold sore treatment is intended to work on contact to block the pain and itch associated with cold sores while also minimizing the appearance of a sore.
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Cold sores are tiny blisters that form mostly around the nostrils and lips but sometimes also elsewhere on the face.
COLD sores affect around one in five people but, until now, no one has been sure why some are more prone to the virus that causes them.
She says a risk assessment was carried out when her mother was first admitted, but the appropriate NHS procedures to help prevent pressure sores were not taken.
The sore on her coccyx worsened and additional pressure sores developed on her ankles and feet, which ultimately necessitated multiple amputations.
Indeed, a survey by skincare company Skin Shop found that cold sores had ruined at least one Valentine's Day for 30% of respondents, while 80% had cancelled dates due to outbreaks, and 40% said they'd rather risk getting dumped than go out with such an affliction.
There are two kinds of herpes simplex viruses, type 1 which is the usual cause of cold sores around the mouth, whilst type 2 causes genital herpes.
Stress is a very common cause of cold sores so relax as best you can.
People with persistent sores might also want to check their toothpaste for sodium lauryl sulfate--an ingredient that sometimes triggers the problem.
If you get unsightly, painful sores on your face around your lips, they are caused by Herpes simplex, a common virus that can be activated by stress.
However there are other causes of genital sores so go and get a check-up.
Decubitus ulcers or pressure sores, as they are more often referred to, are a frequent complication of recumbency following spinal cord injury (SCI).