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comfortable in (one's) own skin

Displaying a relaxed confidence in and clear understanding of oneself and one's abilities, especially when presenting oneself to or interacting with other people. Though his girlfriend's group of friends are all older and more established in life, he is comfortable enough in his own skin to have no problem mingling with them at parties. Janet is so comfortable in her own skin that I have no doubt that she'll find her ideal path in life.
See also: comfortable, own, skin

comfortable circumstances

The state of having enough money to live well. We used to have barely enough money to pay rent, but ever since Pat got that promotion, we've been living in comfortable circumstances.

slip into something more comfortable

A set phrase usually said seductively to a prospective sexual partner. Why don't you pour the wine while I slip into something more comfortable?

(as) comfortable as an old shoe

Very familiar or comfortable, especially in an agreeably unpretentious or unrestrained manner. This car may have seen better years, but it's still comfortable as an old shoe to drive around in.
See also: comfortable, old, shoe

nice and (something)

Very something. Used to emphasize how nice something is because of the particular quality named after "and." I love your new house! It's nice and bright inside! Ah, this lemonade is nice and cold—just the thing for such a hot day.
See also: and, nice

hold (one) at a comfortable distance

To keep one away, either physically or figuratively, in order to afford a level of safety or security or to prevent intimacy. He doesn't like to be touched, so please hold him at a comfortable distance.

*comfortable as an old shoe

Cliché very comfortable; very comforting and familiar. (*Also: as ~.) My old house may seem small to you, but I think it's cozy. It's as comfortable as an old shoe.
See also: comfortable, old, shoe

comfortable as an old shoe, as

Familiar and very much at ease, as in Kathy's really enjoying her third summer at the same camp-for her it's comfortable as an old shoe . This simile was once put as easy as an old shoe, first recorded in J. T. Brockett's North Country Glossary (1825). It was most often applied to friends, as in the proverb Old shoes are easy, old friends are best, but today it is used more broadly for easy familiarity in any situation.
See also: comfortable, old

ˌnice and ˈpeaceful, ˈcomfortable, ˈwarm, etc.

pleasantly peaceful, etc: Sit by the fire. It’s nice and warm there.Drink your coffee while it’s nice and hot.
See also: and, nice
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On the basis of a scale from one to five ("strongly disagree" to "strongly agree"), the students assessed their degree of anxiety with relation to fear of negative evaluation ("I keep thinking that the other students are better at English than I am"), fear of failure ("I worry about the consequences of failing my English language class"), speaking anxiety ("I never feel quite sure of myself when I am speaking in my English language class"), teacher-generated anxiety ("I get nervous when I don't understand every word the English teacher says"), and comfortableness in taking English classes ("I don't understand why some people get so upset over English language classes").
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There is another dimension of the debate carried out in the previous sub-section that pertains to the consistent comfortableness with religiously-understood differences between men and women by the women of the JI.
Placed especially between convenience, comfortableness and consumerism--the culture of highway is what reaffirms the aesthetic improvisation of the suburban spaces, of the places between cities, of the series of narrow spaces.
Other control variables in this study were effort invested with the arm and arm comfortableness. Motivational orientation should be manipulated by arm position, and effort or arm comfortableness should not contribute significantly to the main results.
which is to create comfortableness to the opponent, and we tried to also bring that into the physicality and creating this uncomfortable look to watch," Bardem said.
Many women are reticent to breastfeed a toddler, notwithstanding their comfortableness with nursing an infant in public.
Despite the growth and comfortableness of the video-game generation with computers, they still need to learn the particulars of the simulation.
Furthermore, Al-Jarrallah shed light on that the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's recent comments on the smooth process of Iraq paying its Gulf War-era debt to Kuwait by saying that "the compensation process is very well organized and follows a specific timeframe." The UN chief's comfortableness of the process is a major indicator that everything is going as planned.
''We've realized the ultimate form of a Japanese compact car'' with improved safety features and comfortableness, said Toyota President Akio Toyoda at a press conference.
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Academic knowledge of the psychological and social development of children related to such factors as personal identity, self-confidence, and relationships with peers and adults forms a basis for making sense of how children behave and respond in social situations, their levels of comfortableness with experiences that are new and different, and their ability to learn in various situations.
Edmund Campion wrote that the "vast crowds who turned out to celebrate Mass with the pope in every capital city demonstrated, if nothing else, their comfortableness at calling themselves Catholics [and their] presence was a rebuttal of those who had been foretelling the imminent breakup of the Australian church."
"Ellis Rabb felt that actors who acted together over a period of time developed a comfort on stage that was invaluable--there was richness to the work that resulted from two actors knowing each other well and being able to use that comfortableness to enrich their work," Clayton says.