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be no oil painting

To be physically unattractive. Jack's a nice guy, he's just no oil painting, you know?
See also: no, oil, painting
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be no ˈoil painting

(British English, humorous) used to say that a person is not attractive to look at: He’s no oil painting but he’s a marvellous actor.
See also: no, oil, painting
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