bald as a coot/billiard ball

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(as) bald as a billiard ball

Totally bald. Balls used in billiards are shiny and smooth. My father had long hair as a teen, but now he's bald as a billiard ball.
See also: bald, ball, billiard

bald as a coot

Totally bald. My father had long hair as a teen, but now he's bald as a coot.
See also: bald, coot
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bald as a coot/billiard ball

Very bald indeed. The coot is a black waterbird whose white bill extends up to the forehead, making it appear to be bald. Indeed, this bird was already being called a balled cote in the thirteenth century. The later simile, to a billiard ball, has been less recorded, but since billiards was already popular in Shakespeare’s day it cannot be of very recent origin.
See also: bald, ball, billiard, coot
The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer
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