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be as cute as a button

To be pleasing in appearance and/or temperament. This phrase is most often applied to children and females. Your little girl is as cute as a button in that frilly dress. Katie is pretty and has such a sweet disposition—she's as cute as a button.
See also: button, cute

(as) cute as a bug's ear

Completely adorable. Your puppy is just as cute as a bug's ear! Look at his big eyes!
See also: cute, ear

*cute as a bug's ear

very cute. (*Also: as ~.) That little baby is cute as a bug's ear.
See also: cute, ear

cute as a button

Also, cute as a bug's ear. Pretty or attractive in a dainty way, as in That baby is cute as a button. Cute originally was a shortening of acute, for "sharp-witted and clever," but in the early 1800s it also took on its current meaning. Other than that buttons and bug's hearing organs can be small, there is no good explanation for these similes.
See also: button, cute

(as) cute as a ˈbutton

(American English) (usually used about a baby or a child, or somebody/something small) very attractive and charming: Kate is four, and as cute as a button!
See also: button, cute
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The team used those findings to create images of varying cuteness for 10 new baby faces.
We compared cuteness discrimination in pre and post-menopausal women of the same age alongside women taking and not taking oral contraceptives.
Because average age at menopause is 51 years in the UK, these findings suggest the possible involvement of reproductive hormones in cuteness sensitivity.
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It has the look of a gothic Victorian baby-doll--combining the look of Lolita fashion (deliberate cuteness and contrived innocence), with certain gothic styles.
It's no wonder wide chasms exist between communities of color that have struggled for hard-won civil rights and gay communities whose poster boys, cuteness notwithstanding, include the likes of Billy Bean.
Like Carey's horribly overlooked first novel, Observatory Mansions, A & I skirts the line between clever convolution and just plain convolution, the latter at times making seemingly choice turns of phrase into toss-offs easily disregarded for their deliberate cuteness.
Many will be grateful to be offered a book that contains neither stupid, unassimilable violence nor Disneyfied cuteness.
Dedicated to Hoedeman's grandchildren, Ludovic marks a return to the simplicity and cuteness that made his pre-Oscar films such audience pleasers.
Of particular interest here are Allison Pingree's contribution on Daisy and Violet Hilton, Siamese twins who achieved celebrity in the early 20th-century United States, and Lori Merish's discussion of cuteness as a commodity aesthetic that mediated notions of difference in the exhibition of Tom Thumb and the films of Shirley Temple.
Knowing the cuteness of rabbits on the lawn did not bother Mike's perspective; he understood that rabbits were fun to watch, fun to chase with Sally, our beagle, and good to eat after the hunt.
Consumer Products has successfully created a fashion icon with Tweety and their partners have done a tremendous job capturing the cheeky cuteness of Tweety, while creatively appealing to the fashion sensibility of today's young female audience," said Nicky Hilton.
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I'm pretty sure the cuteness factor of me finger swiping my heart out until I find the theme tune to Cagney and Lacey will be overshadowed by the data-roaming bill which could be waiting for us when we return.
And a BBC2 documentary shows an altogether more sinister side to the creatures, although there's some cuteness on display too.