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not just a pretty face

Having distinguishing achievements, intelligence, skills, or abilities beyond what was or may have been assumed. Although the opposite of the phrase ("just a pretty face") always indicates physical attractiveness, this version primarily emphasizes a person's contributions, with the assertion of attractiveness often being intended as humorous. Sure, I know how to fix your computer. I'm not just a pretty face, you know! Bob: "I didn't know Jerry had a PhD in engineering." Dave: "I guess he's not just a pretty face."
See also: face, just, not, pretty

not just a pretty face

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not just another pretty face

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If you say that someone is not just a pretty face or not just another pretty face, you mean that they are intelligent as well as attractive. Diane is not just a pretty face, she is training to be a barrister. She's not just another pretty face. The model makes her living these days as a highly regarded personal fitness trainer
See also: face, just, not, pretty

not just a pretty face

intelligent as well as attractive.
See also: face, just, not, pretty

not just a pretty ˈface

(humorous) used to emphasize that you have particular skills or qualities: ‘I hear you passed all your exams.’ ‘Yes, I’m not just a pretty face, you know!’
See also: face, just, not, pretty

pretty face, more than a/not just a

Describing a person with more substance than mere physical beauty. Dating from the second half of the 1900s, the phrase was used for the title of a biography of screen actress Hedy Lamarr by Courtney Baalman (May 1999), which described her as a woman accomplished in many fields. In 2004, Democratic vice presidential candidate John Edwards, known for his good looks, was described as “not just a pretty face” by columnist Laura Lasky. A Wall Street Journal article about women winning more seats in the Czech parliament was headlined “More Than Just Pretty Faces” (July 9, 2010). And an ad for a hand-crafted fireplace door read, “Face It. Not Just Another Pretty Face.”
See also: just, more, not, pretty
References in classic literature ?
'Has she a pretty face,' repeated his friend impatiently.
"Why should I mind Monsieur Pierre being here?" exclaimed the little princess suddenly, her pretty face all at once distorted by a tearful grimace.
"Why, it's a mirror!" she cried; for she could see all her pretty face and fluffy, rainbow-tinted gown reflected in the pool, as natural as life.
Pipkin had rested on the pretty face of Maria Lobbs many a time and oft before, at church and elsewhere; but the eyes of Maria Lobbs had never looked so bright, the cheeks of Maria Lobbs had never looked so ruddy, as upon this particular occasion.
Of course you have done nothing except retain your pretty face and shapely figure.
Gaston took his wife's pretty face between his hands and looked tenderly and laughingly into her troubled eyes.
She seemed very sweet and modest, having a pretty face and beautiful green eyes and hair.
They seemed hardly young to Philip, but perhaps they were not more than twenty-five: the elder, Thekla, was as short as her mother, with the same, rather shifty air, but with a pretty face and abundant dark hair; Anna, her younger sister, was tall and plain, but since she had a pleasant smile Philip immediately preferred her.
If but a pretty face you seek, You'll find one any day or week; But if you look with deeper eyes, And seek her lovely, pure, and wise, Then must you wear the pilgrim's shoon For many a weary, wandering moon.
He was a tiny little shaggy moor pony with thick locks hanging over his eyes and with a pretty face and a nuzzling velvet nose.
He was continually encouraging her tendency to affectation (which I had done my utmost to crush), talking about her pretty face, and filling her head with all manner of conceited notions concerning her personal appearance (which I had instructed her to regard as dust in the balance compared with the cultivation of her mind and manners); and I never saw a child so susceptible of flattery as she was.
Only Rosa had made it a habit to keep her pretty face invariably six inches distant from the grating, having perhaps become distrustful of herself.
When a man's head be filled with a pretty face, what room be there for reason?"
Try and think of your other duties, and your pretty face will not be always puckered into wrinkles, and there will be cheerfulness in the parlor as well as in the nursery.
'You have taught me,' said Dolly, raising her pretty face to his,