living doll, a

a living doll

1. A strikingly beautiful infant or young child, especially a girl. Have you seen Mike and Jennifer's baby girl? Oh my gosh, she's a living doll!
2. Someone who is especially considerate, attentive, and amiable. A: "I can't believe Maureen dropped off freshly baked cookies for us!" B: "I know, she is just a living doll." Thank you so much for giving us a place to stay. You're a living doll.
See also: doll, living
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living doll, a

An extremely nice person, amiable and generous. Why a child’s toy should be chosen for this metaphor is not known. Doll alone has meant a young and attractive woman since the mid-1800s, as in Frank Loesser’s hit musical comedy Guys and Dolls (1950). However, the current usage, dating from the 1940s, is applied to individuals of either sex and any age.
See also: living
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