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handsome is that handsome does

One's character is more important than one's physical attractiveness. Would you go out with my friend Doug? I know you don't think he's very good-looking, but he's just the nicest guy, and handsome is that handsome does.
See also: does, handsome, that

handsome is as handsome does

One's character is more important than one's physical attractiveness. Would you go out with my friend Doug? I know you don't think he's very good-looking, but he's just the nicest guy, and handsome is as handsome does.
See also: does, handsome

high, wide, and handsome

1. Very impressive. For such a young girl, the extent of her musical knowledge is high, wide, and handsome.
2. Very happy. Johnny's in a bit of a bad mood, but just give him a new toy to play with and he'll be high, wide, and handsome again in no time.
See also: and, handsome

Handsome is as handsome does.

Prov. It is more important to treat people well than to be good-looking.; Just because you are good-looking does not mean you are a good person. Jill: I'd like to get to know George better. Jane: Why? Jill: He's so handsome. Jane: Handsome is as handsome does. He's a very unpleasant person.
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handsome is as handsome does

How one acts is more important than how one looks. For example, He may be homely, but he's the kindest man I've ever met-handsome is as handsome does. This expression already appeared in John Ray's 1670 collection of proverbs.
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handsome is as handsome does

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pretty is as pretty does

OLD-FASHIONED
You say handsome is as handsome does or pretty is as pretty does, to mean that you should judge someone by their actions and not by their appearance. Handsome is as handsome does, my mother and grandmother always said in order to prevent self-admiration. Yes, she's pretty — but pretty is as pretty does.
See also: does, handsome

handsome is as handsome does

character and behaviour are more important than good looks. proverb
In this particular form the proverb dates from the mid 17th century. When used of behaviour, handsome really means ‘chivalrous’ or ‘genteel’, though in this saying it is taken to refer to good looks. The original sense is made clear in the earlier version: goodly is he that goodly dooth .
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high, wide, and handsome

expansive and impressive; stylish and carefree in manner. informal
This phrase originated in the USA, and Yankee Slang ( 1932 ) identifies ‘Ride him, Cowboy, high, wide and handsome’ as a shout commonly heard at rodeos.
1990 Times Education Supplement Your eyes are often distracted by high quality displays of work, and the library is high, wide and handsome.
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high, wide, and handsome

mod. happy; carefree. Willy is high, wide, and handsome after his great triumph.
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handsome is as handsome does

Actions, not appearances, are what count. This proverb was already an “ancient adage” in 1580 (Anthony Monday, Sunday Examples) when it was put as “goodly is he that goodly dooth”; it appeared in modern form in John Ray’s proverbs of 1670 and has been repeated over and over by numerous writers.
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tall, dark, and handsome

Supposedly what a woman wants in a man’s appearance. This standard description of the romantic hero found in women’s fiction of the first half of the 1900s was given further currency by the 1941 film, Tall, Dark, and Handsome. It starred dark-haired, good-looking Cesar Romero as an underworld boss who is really a softie at heart. See also strong silent type.
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Brought in just before the premiere to replace Gary Lehman, it's as hard to imagine an apter-looking Siegfried as it is easy to wish for one with a sturdier handsomer tone and a more clarion top.
There is no handsomer shingling and paint than this vine, at present covering a whole side of some houses.
"In a way I want Peaky Blinders to be a sort of the view of this world through the eyes of a 10-year-old because the men are smarter and stronger and handsomer and the horses are bigger and everything is big and intimidating as a kid."
The handsomer one had obligations to the court; the charming one surprised the voters how he made it there.
"But how easily can you name any of the heroic, handsomer, more glamorous characters in The Hunchback Of Notre Dame?" This was the view of Lee - the creator of some of the most memorable comic book characters of all time - when he created the iconic figure of the Incredible Hulk.
even supposed it possible, that some people might think him handsomer than his brother, though, in her eyes, his air was more assuming, and his countenance less prepossessing.
But then Nestor was so much handsomer, and that made up for everything else.
Among the Originals, likable Ere and his older, handsomer cousin Cal are friends but also rivals.
There is of course the alternative theory, that the handsomer of the twins, Bambos, also has black hair but dyes it white because he feels it gives him gravitas.
enough is enough"They went through water and fire for me The older, the handsomer 7.
Many contemporary readers of Blithedale disagreed with Zenobia's downfall: George Eliot was "annoyed" at Zenobia's treatment in the tale, seeing it as a sign that Hawthorne is cynical to the core (129), while Hawthorne's friend George Hillard wrote a letter (27 July 1852) conveying his wish that the novel could have ended "without killing Zenobia" or at least with "a drier and handsomer death" (qtd in Julian Hawthorne 1:448).
"Handsomer than Cary Grant," one enthusiastic reporter had crowed in 1959.
In her memoir, Carly describes Sean as "far handsomer in person" but she was dating British writer Willie Donaldson at that stage.
The inward opinion of a sibling here recalls a scene from Austen's last and unfinished work, Sanditon (1817), in which Miss Denham is, like Isabella, privately unimpressed with her brother's gig: she "was immediately gnawed by the want of an handsomer equipage than the simple gig in which they travelled" {Later Manuscripts 172).
After all, people are not, as a matter of fact, equal at all--some are smarter than others, handsomer, more gifted, whatever.