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beauty mark

A small, dark facial mole (or an artificial one, created with cosmetic makeup) that may be considered a mark of attractiveness. I have always wished that I had Marilyn Monroe's beauty mark on my lip.
See also: beauty, mark

beauty spot

A small, dark facial mole (or an artificial one, created with cosmetic makeup) that may be considered a mark of attractiveness. I have always wished that I had Marilyn Monroe's beauty spot on my lip.
See also: beauty, spot

beauty queen

A woman who has won, or looks as if she could win, a beauty pageant. When that beauty queen walked in, everyone's heads turned.
See also: beauty, queen

a thing of beauty is a joy forever

Something beautiful will give pleasure long after it ceases to exist. This phrase is taken from John Keats' poem Endymion. Thoughts of blooming flowers sustain me through the cold winter months. Truly, a thing of beauty is a joy forever.
See also: beauty, forever, joy, of, thing

age before beauty

A humorous way to tell someone to go ahead of one, meant as a playful insult. Chuck held the door open for Tim, motioned for him to go ahead, and said, "Age before beauty."
See also: age, beauty, before

beauty is in the eye of the beholder

An approximation of beauty will differ greatly between different people. You may not like my new jacket, but beauty is in the eye of the beholder. I don't think Annabelle's boyfriend is that attractive, but beauty is in the eye of the beholder, I guess.
See also: beauty, beholder, eye, of

beauty is only skin deep

Physical attractiveness does not equate to substance or character. Of course that gorgeous model didn't tip you—beauty is only skin deep, after all.
See also: beauty, deep, skin

beauty sleep

Sleep that helps one to look refreshed and attractive. Usually said humorously. Can you guys be quiet down there? I'm trying to get my beauty sleep! You look tired, Joe. What's the matter, didn't get your beauty sleep last night?
See also: beauty, sleep

bevy of beauties

A group of physically attractive women. Of course the cool guy with the motorcycle is surrounded by a bevy of beauties.
See also: beauty, of

the beauty of (something)

The positive effects of something. A: "I'm finally feeling better after resting for a few days." B: "Well, that's the beauty of sleep."
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age before beauty

a jocular and slightly rude way of encouraging someone to go ahead of oneself; a comical, teasing, and slightly grudging way of indicating that someone else should or can go first. "No, no. Please, you take the next available seat," smiled Tom. "Age before beauty, you know."
See also: age, beauty, before

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

Prov. Different people have different ideas about what is beautiful. Bob: I can't believe Ted bought that ugly old car. Fred: He loves it. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Jill: Have you seen Mary's pictures of her new baby? He looks pretty ugly, to my eyes. Jane: Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
See also: beauty, beholder, eye, of

Beauty is only skin-deep.

Prov. A person who looks beautiful may not have a pleasing personality; a person's good looks may not last. Fred: I hope Nancy will go out with me. She's so beautiful! Jane: I hate to disappoint you, but in Nancy's case, beauty is definitely only skin-deep. Don't be so proud of your pretty face. Beauty is only skin-deep.
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bevy of beauties

Cliché a group of very attractive women, as found in a beauty contest. A whole bevy of beauties waltzed past the old man, but he didn't even notice.
See also: beauty, of

(I've) got to go home and get my beauty sleep.

Fig. a phrase announcing one's need to depart because it is late. (See also (I) have to shove off for other possible variations.) Sue: Leaving so early? John: I've got to go home and get my beauty sleep. Jane: I've got to go home and get my beauty sleep. Fred: Well, you look to me like you've had enough. Jane: Why, thank you.
See also: and, beauty, get, home, sleep

not going to win any beauty contests

Fig. homely; ugly. Fred isn't going to win any beauty contests, but he's smart and considerate and he does well at his job. This old truck of mine is not going to win any beauty contests, but I wouldn't trade it for anything.
See also: any, beauty, contest, going, not, win

A thing of beauty is a joy forever.

Prov. Beautiful things give pleasure that lasts even longer than the beautiful things themselves. (This is a line from John Keats's poem "Endymion." Also a thing of beauty and a joy forever, used to describe something beautiful in lofty terms, often ironically.) Jill: I don't understand why someone would pay millions of dollars to have some old painting. Jane: Because a thing of beauty is a joy forever.
See also: beauty, forever, joy, of, thing

beauty is only skin deep

External attractiveness has no relation to goodness or essential quality. This maxim was first stated by Sir Thomas Overbury in his poem "A Wife" (1613): "All the carnall beauty of my wife is but skin-deep."
See also: beauty, deep, skin

that's the beauty of

This is the most satisfactory feature of, as in And our vacations fall at the same time; that's the beauty of working in different law practices . [Mid-1700s]
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the beauty of

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ˌbeauty is in the ˌeye of the beˈholder

(saying) what one person thinks is beautiful may not seem beautiful to somebody else: Personally I don’t think her husband is very attractive, but they say beauty’s in the eye of the beholder, don’t they?
Behold is an old word meaning ‘to see’.
See also: beauty, beholder, eye, of

beauty is only skin-ˈdeep

(saying) physical appearance is no guide to a person’s character: My mother always used to say that beauty is only skin-deep. What’s really important is the sort of person you are.
See also: beauty

the beauty of something/of doing something

the advantage of something/of doing something: The beauty of a small car is that it makes it so much easier to find a parking space.One of the beauties of living here is that it’s so peaceful.
See also: beauty, of, something

get your ˈbeauty sleep

(humorous) go to bed early so that you wake up feeling healthy and looking attractive: Look how late it is! I won’t get my beauty sleep tonight.
See also: beauty, get, sleep

beauty sleep

n. sleep; the sleep one requires. (Usually mentioned by nonbeautiful men as a joke.) You really need some beauty sleep. Why don’t you try a week of it and see if that works?
See also: beauty, sleep
References in classic literature ?
From this moment, music, lights, flowers, beauties, all became odious and insipid to Louis XIV.
Boccalini, in his "Advertisements from Parnassus," tells us that Zoilus once presented Apollo a very caustic criticism upon a very admirable book: -- whereupon the god asked him for the beauties of the work.
Well, the good quality of an age, the defect of which lies in the direction of intellectual anarchy and confusion, may well be eclecticism: in style, as in other things, it is well always to aim at the combination of as many excellences as possible--opposite excellences, it may be--those other beauties of prose.
Women have their own motivations for how they use beauty in their lives, so we can't wait to see Honest beauties get real with us," says Alba, Founder and Chief Creative Officer of The Honest Company.
He does not cite Hume, whose skepticism concerning religion he found shocking, but he concurs that sound taste is the product of training, practical or critical, and that "It is the proper study and labour of an artist to uncover and find out the latent cause of conspicuous beauties.
Wong, who is credited with coming up with the idea of the pageant, explained that contenders for the crown must have the "looks that made China's beauties so fascinating" as well as the language skills to answer "key questions" in their own native dialect during the quiz portion of the competition.
Style became the most beautiful to have been put into practice by frequently copying the most beautiful things and by combining the finest members, whether hands, heads, bodies, or legs, to produce a figure with as many of these beauties as possible and to apply it in every work and in all of the figures, and this is what is known as a beautiful style.
Benefit rewards all birthday beauties with Real Birthday Turn-Ons
The first bunch of beauties to arrive on October 8th will receive a FREE gift bag (while supplies last) and also be entered to win a $500 Planet Beauty Gift Card.
Thus Ken Siman, author of the novel Pizza Face, gets down and dirty, braving painful high-school trauma material and fresh embarrassment to embark upon the cleverly entitled The Beauty Trip, in which he asks an admirably wide and elegant range of professional beauties and beauty hadlers, just what is the deal.