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beautiful people

Stylish, glamorous, and often wealthy people admired by others. I wish we were as cool as them—man, they are really the beautiful people.
See also: beautiful, people

make beautiful music together

1. To have a particularly good or strong romantic relationship. Those two have been making beautiful music together for years—it's only a matter of time until they get engaged.
2. euphemism To have a sexual relationship (with someone). A: "I really hope you and Ed aren't, ah, making beautiful music together already." B: "Oh, a lady doesn't kiss and tell." Would you like to come back to my apartment and make beautiful music together?

small is beautiful

The belief, perspective, or mindset that things of a smaller scale are more aesthetically pleasing than those of a larger scale. Can be hyphenated if used before a noun as a modifier. The famed architect always incorporates a small-is-beautiful philosophy into all the buildings he designs. A lot of people think they need a big car as a status symbol, but I've always believed that small is beautiful.
See also: beautiful, small

the body beautiful

The conception of an ideal physical beauty. While we tend to focus on women, we forget that ideas of the body beautiful also cause stress, anxiety, and depression for many men, too.
See also: beautiful, body
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

the beautiful people

1 fashionable, glamorous, and privileged people. 2 (in the 1960s) hippies.
1 1995 Singapore: Rough Guide The coolest address in town, and a magnet for the beautiful people.
See also: beautiful, people

the body beautiful

an ideal of physical beauty.
1992 Mother Jones About 75,000 women a year elect to have cosmetic surgery, spurred on by ubiquitous images of the body beautiful.
See also: beautiful, body

small is beautiful

the belief that something small-scale is better than a large-scale equivalent.
Small is Beautiful is the title of a book by E. F. Schumacher , published in 1973 . The phrase is best known through its adoption as a slogan by environmentalists.
See also: beautiful, small
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017


mod. very satisfying; excellent. Man, this place is beautiful! You got your own sink and toilet right in the room and good strong bars to keep the riffraff out.
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.

beautiful people, the

The fashionable social set, individuals who are in vogue and widely emulated and envied. Although general use of this term began in the mid-1960s—Diana Vreeland, the editor of Vogue magazine, is often credited with inventing it—it appeared even earlier as the title of a William Saroyan play of 1941. It was given further currency by the Beatles song “Baby You’re a Rich Man” (1967) by John Lennon and Paul McCartney, which contains the line, “How does it feel to be one of the beautiful people?” Katherine Hall Page used the phrase in her mystery The Body in the Big Apple (1999), with its numerous descriptions of expensive New York restaurants and elegant parties. Also see jet set.
See also: beautiful
The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer
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References in classic literature ?
As soon as he saw the beautiful Persian, though aware that she was destined for the king, he let himself be carried away by her charms, and determined at once to use every means in his power to retain her for himself.
Some time having elapsed, on account of the long journey, since the beautiful Persian had been to the bath, five or six days after her purchase the vizir's wife gave orders that the bath should be heated for her, and that her own female slaves should attend her there, and after-wards should array her in a magnificent dress that had been prepared for her.
'Is it not a beautiful piece of cloth?' asked the two impostors, and they pointed to and described the splendid material which was not there.
It is strange, certainly, but no one must be allowed to notice it.' And so he praised the cloth which he did not see, and expressed to them his delight at the beautiful colours and the splendid texture.
She rose with the same unchanging smile with which she had first entered the room- the smile of a perfectly beautiful woman.
All the time the story was being told she sat upright, glancing now at her beautiful round arm, altered in shape by its pressure on the table, now at her still more beautiful bosom, on which she readjusted a diamond necklace.
Then the Beautiful Old Man went his way, instructing other youth.
"Let no one, whatever his rank or condition, dare to follow the beautiful Marcela, under pain of incurring my fierce indignation.
Her carriage was that of a queen or a goddess; her eyes, which cast the brilliancy of emeralds, were perfectly beautiful, and yet were at the same time full of sweetness and majesty.
Never had Anna of Austria appeared to him so beautiful, amid balls, fetes, or carousals, as she appeared to him at this moment, dressed in a simple robe of white satin, and accompanied by Donna Estafania-- the only one of her Spanish women who had not been driven from her by the jealousy of the king or by the persecutions of Richelieu.
At last he dreamt one night that he found a beautiful purple flower, and that in the middle of it lay a costly pearl; and he dreamt that he plucked the flower, and went with it in his hand into the castle, and that everything he touched with it was disenchanted, and that there he found his Jorinda again.
Once a beautiful flower put its head out from the grass, but when it saw the notice-board it was so sorry for the children that it slipped back into the ground again, and went off to sleep.
'Twas of you that I was dreaming, before I knew you, my Phoebus; the officer of my dream had a beautiful uniform like yours, a grand look, a sword; your name is Phoebus; 'tis a beautiful name.
But it is a prose which is often far more beautiful and poetical than much that is called poetry.
Every beautiful woman we see has been made out of beefsteaks.