(as) brown as a berry

(as) brown as a berry

Having tanned skin due to sun exposure. Primarily heard in UK, Australia. She was as brown as a berry when she returned from her tropical vacation.
See also: berry, brown
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

*brown as a berry

very brown from the sun; quite suntanned. (*Also: as ~.) She was out in the sun so much that she became as brown as a berry.
See also: berry, brown
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

brown as a berry

If someone is as brown as a berry, they are very tanned because they have been out in the sun. Steve Hobbs had just come back from his holiday. Brown as a berry he was, when he came round here the following Monday. She rode out to the yacht in a launch with a basket of fresh vegetables to find Franklin brown as a berry and in his usual fine spirits. Note: The reference may be to juniper or cedar berries, which are brown, as most other berries are red, purple, or white.
See also: berry, brown
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

as brown as a berry

(of a person) very suntanned.
See also: berry, brown
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

brown as a berry

The color brown; today, suntanned. This simile dates from the time of Chaucer, who used it in the Prologue to his Canterbury Tales (“His palfrey [horse] was as broune as is a berye”) and in The Coke’s Tale. It is particularly odd that the comparison should survive for more than six centuries because few, if any, natural berries are brown.
See also: berry, brown
The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer
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