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(as) ugly as a toad
Extremely unattractive or visually displeasing. A: "Why would anyone want to date me? I'm as ugly as a toad!" B: "Hey, now, that's just not true! Plus, you're an incredibly smart, funny, and sweet person!" Everyone keeps hailing the building's design as some innovative and daring artistic statement, but I think it looks ugly as a toad.
a (real) toad-choker
A particularly heavy or torrential downpour of rain. (Chiefly heard in the southern United States.) It's a real toad-choker out there today—looks like we'll have to have our barbecue another day. There's no way I'm biking to work in a toad-choker like this!
a (real) toad-strangler
A particularly heavy or torrential downpour of rain. (Chiefly heard in the southern United States.) It's a real toad-strangler out there today—looks like we'll have to have our barbecue another day. There's no way I'm biking to work in a toad-strangler like this!
frog and toad
slang A road. The phrase comes from rhyming slang in which "frog and toad" rhymes with "road." Primarily heard in UK, Australia. She lives just down the frog and toad on the corner—you can't miss it. I think we'd better hit the frog and toad if we want to make it on time.
the biggest toad in the puddle
The most powerful, influential, knowledgeable, or experienced person within a small group. This phrase often implies that the person may not have as much clout in a larger group or arena of some kind. Since she was so popular and well-known within the walls of her small high school, Jennifer was used to being the biggest toad in the puddle. Once she started attending a large state university, however, she suddenly realized that it would take a lot more effort to make friends. His coarse management style has made it evident that he was used to being the biggest toad in the puddle. That attitude certainly won't be tolerated by anyone at his new company.
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biggest frog in the puddleand biggest toad in the puddle
Prov. The most important or powerful person in some small, unimportant group. Jill: Elaine seems to be obsessed with becoming class president. Jane: Yes, she really wants to be the biggest frog in the puddle. The people in my office don't care about doing their work; mostly they compete over who will be the biggest toad in the puddle.
*ugly as a toad
[of a living creature] very ugly. (*Also:as ~.) Maria may be a beautiful woman, but when she was a child she was as ugly as a toad. The shopkeeper was ugly as a toad, but he was kind and generous, and everyone loved him.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.