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butt ugly

slang Thoroughly unattractive. Kids can be so cruel—just last week one of my students called another one butt ugly!
See also: butt, ugly

ugly duckling

A person or thing once considered unattractive or unlikely to succeed that becomes beautiful or successful in time. The phrase refers to Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tale of an ugly duckling that grows up to be a beautiful swan. The phrase can apply to physical appearance or to the level of success of something. I thought that fledgling company would dissolve in months. No one foresaw that it was just an ugly duckling and would have great success. Mary went unnoticed in high school but she's gorgeous now—a real ugly duckling!
See also: duckling, ugly

be (as) ugly as sin

To be extremely visually displeasing or unattractive. I wouldn't buy that painting, it's ugly as sin. I heard the date didn't go well and that the guy was as ugly as sin.
See also: sin, ugly

rear its ugly head

Fig. [for something unpleasant] to appear or become obvious after lying hidden. Jealousy reared its ugly head and destroyed their marriage. The question of money always rears its ugly head in matters of business.
See also: head, rear, ugly

*ugly as a toad

[of a living creature] very ugly. (*Also:as ~.) Maria may be a beautiful woman, but when she was a child she was as ugly as a toad. The shopkeeper was ugly as a toad, but he was kind and generous, and everyone loved him.
See also: toad, ugly

*ugly as sin

Cliché extremely ugly. (*Also: as ~.) Why would anyone want to buy that dress? It's as ugly as sin! Harold is ugly as sin, but his personality is very charming.
See also: sin, ugly

an ugly duckling

someone or something that is ugly and not successful when they are young or new, but which develops into something beautiful and successful The most successful company was last year's ugly duckling.
See also: duckling, ugly

be as ugly as sin

to be very ugly That dog of his is as ugly as sin.
See also: sin, ugly

rear its ugly head

Appear. This phrase is used only of something undesirable or unpleasant, as in The interview went very well until a question about his academic record reared its ugly head . This expression was first recorded in slightly different form in Anthony Trollope's Barchester Towers (1857): "Rebellion had already reared her hideous head."
See also: head, rear, ugly

ugly as sin

Physically or morally hideous, as in I can't think why she likes that dog; it's ugly as sin. This simile, first recorded in 1801, replaced the earlier ugly as the devil.
See also: sin, ugly

ugly customer

An ill-natured or vicious individual, as in Watch out for Charlie when he's drinking; he can be an ugly customer. This phrase uses ugly in the sense of "mean" or "dangerous." [c. 1800]
See also: customer, ugly

ugly duckling

A homely or unpromising individual who grows into an attractive or talented person, as in She was the family ugly duckling but blossomed in her twenties. This term alludes to Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tale about a cygnet hatched with ducklings that is despised for its clumsiness until it grows up into a beautiful swan. The tale was first translated into English in 1846, and the term was used figuratively by 1871.
See also: duckling, ugly

(as) ugly as sin

mod. very ugly. This car’s as ugly as sin, but it’s cheap and dependable.
See also: sin, ugly

ugly as sin

verb
See also: sin, ugly

butt-ugly

mod. very ugly. (Usually objectionable.) That is the most butt-ugly car I’ve ever seen.

coyote-ugly

(ˈkɑɪot ˈəgli and ˈkɑɪoti ˈəgli)
mod. extremely ugly. (see also double-bagger, triple-bagger. Supposedly, if one woke up and found one’s arm around a coyote-ugly person, one would chew off one’s arm—in the manner of a coyote escaping from a steel-jaw trap—rather than pull it back away from this person.) Is that your pet monkey, or is your date just coyote-ugly?

hit by the ugly stick

mod. made to be very ugly. She is so lame. Looks like she was hit by the ugly stick till it broke!
See also: hit, stick, ugly

plug-ugly

mod. very ugly. (see also pug-ugly.) Your dog is just plug-ugly!

pug-ugly

1. mod. having to do with a very ugly person. What a pug-ugly cat you have there!
2. n. a very ugly person. (Also a rude term of address.) Hey, pug-ugly, try plastic surgery!
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