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written all over (one's) face

Evident by one's facial expression. Said of one's emotions or inner thoughts. Jenny said she wasn't scared before we went into the haunted house, but terror was written all over her face. John said nothing, but his response was written all over his face.
See also: all, face, written

carved in stone

 and engraved in stone; written in stone
Fig. permanent or not subject to change. (Often in the negative.) Now, this isn't carved in stone yet, but this looks like the way it's going to be. Is this policy carved in stone, or can it still be modified?
See also: carve, stone

It's written all over one's face.

Fig. It is very evident and can easily be detected when looking at someone's face. I know she's guilty. It's written all over her face.
See also: all, face, written

not worth the paper it's written on

 and not worth the paper it's printed on
Fig. [of a document] meaningless or without authority; of no value. That contract isn't worth the paper it's written on. All the signatures are forged. Don't take a check from that guy. It's not worth the paper it's written on.
See also: not, on, paper, worth, written

sealed with a kiss

 and SWAK
written and sent with love and care. (The initialism is sometimes written on love letters. Also an acronym.) All her letters come SWAK. I know they are sealed with a kiss, because she says so.
See also: kiss, seal

written in the stars

intended to be Do you really believe our fates are written in the stars and will happen no matter what we do?
See also: star, written

have somebody's name written all over it

  (informal)
if a job has someone's name written all over it, they have all the qualifications that are needed for that job You've got to apply for this job. It's got your name written all over it.
See also: all, have, name, written

not be worth the paper it's/they're printed/written on

if an agreement or decision is not worth the paper it is written on, it has no value or importance A qualification like that isn't worth the paper it's written on.
See also: on, paper, print, worth

be written all over somebody's face

if an emotion is written all over someone's face, it is clearly shown in their face Any fool could see you weren't happy - it was written all over your face.
See also: all, face, written

It's written in the stars.

something that you say which means something good was was caused by the power that is believed to control what happens to people's lives It was written in the stars that we should meet and fall in love.
See also: star, written

sealed with a kiss

and SWAK
mod. written and sent with love and care. (The initialism is sometimes written on love letters. Also an acronym.) I know they are sealed with a kiss, because she says so.
See also: kiss, seal
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