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

humorous I need to leave so I can go to sleep. "Beauty sleep" is sleep that will presumably help one to look refreshed and attractive. Well, I've got to go home and get my beauty sleep. It was lovely to see you, as always.
See also: and, beauty, get, go, home, sleep

a thing of beauty is a joy forever

proverb 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

proverb 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 more than skin deep

proverb Physical attractiveness does not equate to personal substance or character. Why are you surprised that gorgeous model didn't tip you? Beauty is more than skin deep, after all.
See also: beauty, deep, more, skin

beauty is only skin deep

proverb 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 lies in the eyes of the beholder

proverb An approximation or understanding 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, lie, of

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 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

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

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

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

get (one's) beauty sleep

To get 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, get, sleep

not going to win any beauty contests

Not especially beautiful or attractive. Sometimes used as a facetious or sarcastic way of calling someone or something ugly. I know I'm not going to win any beauty contests, but I don't think I'm so ugly that no one would want to be with me. A: "What do you think of their new house?" B: "Well, it isn't going to win any beauty contests, that's for sure."
See also: any, beauty, contest, going, not, win

that's the beauty of (something)

That's the benefit or positive effect of something; that is what's appealing or satisfying about something. A: "I'm feeling a lot better after taking those few days off." B: "Well, that's the beauty of getting the rest that you need." That's the beauty of games like these—you can play them anywhere, anytime, with anyone.
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."
See also: beauty, of

You beauty!

1. An exclamation of joy, pleasure, triumph, etc. Primarily heard in Australia, New Zealand. A: "Our new app has just been downloaded over one million times!" B: "You beauty! That's great news!"
2. An exclamation of affection, praise, or appreciation for someone. A: "I managed to get your computer working again." B: "Ah, you beauty—you're a lifesaver!" A: "Here's a video of me singing to my grandmother at her 90th birthday party." B: "You beauty, you've got me in tears watching this!"
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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.
See also: beauty

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, go, 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
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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]
See also: beauty, of

the beauty of

See also: beauty, of
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

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
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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
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.

age before beauty

Defer to the older person. This phrase is traditionally used when inviting another individual to pass through a doorway before one. Eric Partridge described it as a mock courtesy uttered by a young woman to an older man. Currently it is used only ironically or sarcastically. According to an old story, it was said rather snidely by Clare Boothe Luce when ushering Dorothy Parker through a doorway, and Parker replied, “Pearls before swine.” A related cliché is after you, Alphonse—no, after you, Gaston, repeated a number of times (in Britain, after you, Claude—no, after you, Cecil). The American version is based on a comic strip by Frederick Burr Opper, Alphonse and Gaston, which was popular in the early 1900s, and pokes fun at exaggerated politeness.
See also: age, beauty, before

beauty is in the eye of the beholder

What one person considers ugly may seem beautiful to another. The idea is very old and was stated in various ways from the sixteenth century on. Shakespeare’s version is close to the modern: “Beauty is bought by judgement of the eye” (Love’s Labour’s Lost, 2.1). Possibly the first exact statement of the cliché in print was in Margaret Hungerford’s Molly Bawn (1878).
See also: beauty, beholder, eye, of

beauty is (only) skin-deep

A lovely appearance has no relation to more profound good qualities. “All the carnall beauty of my wife is but skin-deep,” wrote Sir Thomas Overbury (ca. 1613). Of course this observation was hardly new, having been made by many ancient poets long before (Virgil wrote, O formose puer, nimium ne crede colori, “O my pretty boy, trust not too much in your looks”). Although only skin deep, observed William Cobbett (Advice to Young Men, 1829), “It [beauty] is very agreeable for all that,” whereas H. H. Munro (Saki) punned “I always say beauty is only sin deep” (Reginald’s Choir Treat, 1904).
See also: beauty

thing of beauty (is a joy forever), a

True loveliness (is a lasting quality). The complete thought is a line from John Keats’s great poem, “Endymion” (1818), and continues, “Its loveliness increases; it will never pass into nothingness.” The thought is hardly original, but the expression caught on. In the twentieth century it began to be shortened and used simply to describe something lovely, often ironically. Eric Partridge mentioned a play on it made by “flappers,” fashionable young women of the post–World War I era: “A thing of beauty is a boy forever.” Today one is apt to say it of, for example, an elaborately decorated cake.
See also: beauty, joy, of, thing
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the elusive memory of ancient China's greatest beauties might lurk in the judges' minds as they ponder their decision.
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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.(5)
Vasari has the people run like crazy ("i popoli corsero come matti") to see the new but temporary beauties of Perugino's and Francia's pretty colors (colori vaghi).(55) Writing in a tradition that Petrarch revived and popularized, Armenini and Lomazzo also attributed to the ignorant a taste for pretty colors (again, described as vaghi) that can be appreciated with the "external senses."(56) According to Agucchi, the late Mannerists "were satisfied to feed the eyes of the ignorant with the loveliness [vaghezza] of colors and rich vestments." As evidence of Caravaggio's misbegotten popularity, Baglione connects his naturalism and colorism to his audience (il vulgo).
[D5]; quoted in Jordan, 261) where "Alessandro Saluti" argues against allowing women to serve as lawyers because "the beauties and graces of women have too much force and too great value.
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