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(as) cross as a bear with a sore head
Exceptionally irritable, annoyed, or grumpy. John is always cross as a bear with a sore head first thing in the morning; it's best not to even talk to him until he's had his coffee. Janet was as cross as a bear with a sore head when she found out she had missed her connecting flight.
a sore loser
Someone who complains, becomes upset, or otherwise reacts very negatively when they fail or lose at something competitive. Don't be such a sore loser, Jim. I know you pride yourself on your racquetball skills, but I beat you fair and square.
like a bear with a sore head
Exceptionally irritable, annoyed, or grumpy. John is always like a bear with a sore head first thing in the morning—it's best not to even talk to him until he's had his coffee. Janet was like a bear with a sore head when she found out she had missed her connecting flight.
A topic that makes one angry or uncomfortable. Whatever you do, don't mention his ex-wife—his divorce is really a sore point with him.
A topic that makes one angry or uncomfortable. Whatever you do, don't mention his ex-wife—his divorce is really a sore spot with him.
be a sight for sore eyes
To be someone or something that one is excited or overjoyed to see, often after a long absence or separation. Charlie, I can't believe you're back in town! Get over here, you're a sight for sore eyes! I'm so tired after being on tour. My bed is a sight for sore eyes.
be like a bear with a sore head
To be exceptionally irritable, annoyed, or grumpy. John is always like a bear with a sore head first thing in the morning—it's best not to even talk to him until he's had his coffee. Janet was like a bear with a sore head when she found out she had missed her connecting flight.
stand out like a sore thumb
To be very conspicuous. I grew up in California, so when I moved to Minnesota, I stood out like a sore thumb. Unfortunately the cover will need to be redesigned. The error in the image stands out like a sore thumb.
stick out like a sore thumb
To be very conspicuous. I grew up in California, so when I moved to Minnesota, I stuck out like a sore thumb. Unfortunately the cover will need to be redesigned. The error in the image sticks out like a sore thumb.
a sight for sore eyes
Someone or something that one is excited or overjoyed to see, often after a long absence or separation. Charlie, I can't believe you're back in town! Get over here, you're a sight for sore eyes! I'm so tired after being on tour. My bed is a sight for sore eyes.
1. To protrude or project outward from something. Excuse me, is this your suitcase? I'm afraid it was sticking out into the aisle. I don't know why they included a balcony that sticks out so far from the actual building.
2. To endure, tolerate, or last through to the end of something. In this usage, a noun can be used between "stick" and "out." I know you're not content here, but just stick out to the end of this project before you start looking for new work. We've had problems in our marriage for years, but we've been sticking it out for the kids' sake.
1. slang A peevish, irritable, or irascible person. I used to find his dry, sarcastic humor funny before, but lately he's just been an unpleasant sorehead. The boss has been a bit of a sorehead ever since the quarterly financial reports came out. I'd avoid her right now, if you can.
2. slang A disgruntled, petulant, vindictive loser. She's always such a sorehead if she loses that I simply refuse to play with her anymore. You don't have to be such a sorehead just because you lost—Tom played the better game today, that's all.
a sore head
A headache, especially one that occurs during or because of a hangover. I woke up with a sore head and a rotten taste in my mouth, and I tried to remember what exactly had happened at the party last night. A: "Oof, not so loud, I've got a bit of a sore head." B: "What's the matter? Tie one too many on last night?"
sight for sore eyes
Fig. a welcome sight. Oh, am I glad to see you here! You're a sight for sore eyes. I'm sure hungry. This meal is a sight for sore eyes.
*sore (at someone)
Fig. angry at someone. (*Typically: be ~; get ~; make someone ~.) When Mary hears what you said about her, she'll get sore for sure. Please don't get sore at me.
to project outward. You can't lock your suitcase because there is a bit of cloth sticking out. some cloth stuck out of the top of the drawer.
(from someone or something) to project outward from someone or something. His right arm, which was in a cast, stuck out from him like a crane. His arm stuck out.
stick out like a sore thumb
Fig. to be very obvious. That pimple really sticks out like a sore thumb. Do you think I would stick out like a sore thumb at the party if I wear this coat?
stick out (of someone or something)
to protrude from someone or something. The arrow stuck out of him, wobbling as he staggered. A dollar bill stuck out of the book. What a strange bookmark.
stick something out
to endure something; to stay with something. (The something can be vaguely expressed using it.) I will stick it out as long as I can. she stuck out the abuse as long as she could; then she started looking for another job.
touch a sore spotand touch a sore point
Fig. to refer to a sensitive matter that will upset someone. (Fig. on the notion of touching an injury and causing pain.) I seem to have touched a sore spot. I'm sorry. I didn't mean to upset you. When you talk to him, avoid talking about money. It's best not to touch a sore point if possible.
cross as a bear
Grumpy, ill-humored, annoyed, as in Stay away from Claire; she's cross as a bear this morning. Unlike the earlier cross as two stocks, this survives even though the adjective cross for "ill-tempered" is otherwise not used much in America. It is sometimes amplified as cross as a bear with a sore head. [Early 1700s]
sight for sore eyes, a
One whom it is a relief or joy to see, as in Linda, who had not seen him in 15 years, told him he was a sight for sore eyes. This idiom implies an appearance so welcome that it heals ailing eyes. [First half of 1700s]
sore point, a
A sensitive or annoying issue, as in Don't mention diets to Elsie; it's a sore point with her. This idiom was first recorded as a sore place in 1690.
See also: sore
1. Also, stick out a mile or like a sore thumb. Be very prominent or conspicuous, as in Dad's funny hat made him stick out in the crowd, or That purple house sticks out a mile, or John's lie sticks out like a sore thumb. The first term dates from the mid-1500s, the variants from the first half of the 1900s. The variant using thumb alludes to the propensity for holding an injured thumb stiffly, making it stand out (and thereby risking further injury).
2. Continue doing something, endure something, as in I know you don't like it but you have to stick out the job for another month. [Late 1600s] A variant is stick it out, as in His new play's boring, but since he's my cousin we'd better stick it out. [Late 1800s] Also see stick it, def. 1.
like a bear with a sore headmainly BRITISH, INFORMAL
If someone is like a bear with a sore head, they are being very bad-tempered and irritable. What was wrong with Mario this afternoon? He was like a bear with a sore head! He's like a bear with a sore head in the mornings.
a sight for sore eyes
If someone or something is a sight for sore eyes, they are very attractive to look at. The sunset over the Strait of Malacca is a sight for sore eyes. You're a sight for sore eyes in your white dress, Milly!
a sore pointor
a sore spot
COMMON You can say that a subject is a sore point with someone or a sore spot for them if it makes them feel angry, embarrassed, or upset. The continuing presence of foreign troops remains a very sore point with these students. Slow job growth is a sore spot for the US President. Note: If you touch or hit someone's sore point or sore spot, you mention a subject which makes them feel angry, embarrassed, or upset. The mention of Jim Kennerly had touched her sore spot. It was clear by his expression that my question had hit a sore point.
stick out like a sore thumbor
stand out like a sore thumb
If someone or something sticks out like a sore thumb or stands out like a sore thumb, they are very noticeable because they are very different from the other people or things around them. Foreigners are at greater risk of robbery because they are more wealthy and they stick out like a sore thumb. We should ask ourselves: `Does the new housing stick out like a sore thumb or blend into its surroundings?' I much prefer to wear a proper suit, but fear that I will stand out like a sore thumb.
like a bear with a sore head(of a person) very irritable. British informal
a sight for sore eyesa person or thing that is very attractive or that you are extremely pleased or relieved to see. informal
stand (or stick) out like a sore thumbbe very obviously and often embarrassingly different from the surrounding people or things.
like a ˌbear with a sore ˈhead(informal) very bad-tempered: She’s like a bear with a sore head in the mornings.
be a ˌsight for sore ˈeyes(spoken) be a person or thing that you are happy to see; be welcome or much needed: Ah! You’re a sight for sore eyes!
a ˌsore ˈpoint (with somebody)a subject or matter that makes somebody feel angry or hurt: The tax increases are a sore point with Jake, as he’s going to lose a lot of money.
stand/stick out like a sore ˈthumb(informal) be very obvious or noticeable in an unpleasant way: He’s going to stick out like a sore thumb if he doesn’t wear a suit to the wedding. OPPOSITE: merge into the background
1. To project or protrude: The tag is sticking out of your shirt. A flagpole stuck out from the front of the house.
2. To cause something to project or protrude: The child stuck out her hand for candy. He stuck his tongue out at me.
3. To be prominent; be conspicuous: Do you think a pink suit will stick out too much? This essay stuck out from the other submissions.
4. To endure something: We stuck out two years without electricity or running water. There was only one month left of school, so I stuck it out and transferred the following year.
5. stick out for To resist capitulating in negotiations so as to achieve some more favorable terms: The striking workers stuck out for better wages.
mod. angry. She is one sore old lady. You should give her teeth back.
1. n. a grumpy person. (Also a term of address.) She’s sort of a sorehead right now. Wait a day or two and then ask her.
2. n. a poor loser. Don’t be a sorehead. You knew what you’re getting into.
stick out like a sore thumb
in. to be very obvious. Do you think I would stick out like a sore thumb at the party if I wear this coat?
touch a sore point
tv. to mention something that upsets someone. I touched a sore point with Larry when I mentioned taxes.
sight for sore eyesInformal
One whom it is a relief or joy to see.