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written all over (one's) face

Evident by one's facial expression. Said of one's emotions or inner thoughts. Jenny said she wasn't scared before we went into the haunted house, but terror was written all over her face. John said nothing, but his response was written all over his face.
See also: all, face, over, written

not worth the paper it's printed on

Useless; unimportant; insignificant. Oh, that memo is not worth the paper it's printed on. You know the boss is going to completely change her mind about it in a few days anyway! Due to the recent hyperinflation, the nation's currency is now not worth the paper it's printed on.
See also: not, on, paper, print, worth

be written all over (one's) face

Of one's emotions or inner thoughts, to be evident by one's facial expression. Jenny said she wasn't scared before we went into the haunted house, but terror was written all over her face. John said nothing, but his response was written all over his face.
See also: all, face, over, written

carved in stone

Permanently fixed or firmly established; incapable of being changed. Often used in the negative. The deal isn't yet carved in stone, but we're confident it will go ahead as hoped.
See also: carve, stone

have (one's) name written all over it

To be a perfect match for someone's interests or tastes. Are you sure you don't want a popsicle? There's a cherry one here that has your name written all over it! A: "A mystery novel has Susie's name written all over it, doesn't it?" B: "Oh yeah, she loves spooky things."
See also: all, have, name, over, written

it's written in the stars

It is fated or predestined to happen; it is meant to be this way. I firmly believe that it was written in the stars for me to come to this country and meet you.
See also: star, written

written in the stars

Destined to be. I don't think my fame was written in the stars. I think it was a product of my hard work and the support of the people who helped me along the way.
See also: star, written

write (one's) (own) ticket

To have the means, ability, or empowerment to decide one's own terms or course of action. Students who specialize in computer programming have been able to write their tickets in the economy for the last several years, as demand has continued to outpace supply for skilled employees in this field. The movie star began writing her own tickets after she exploded in popularity in the early 2000s.
See also: ticket, write

not worth the paper it's written on

Useless; unimportant; insignificant. Oh, that memo is not worth the paper it's written on. You know the boss is going to completely change her mind about it in a few days anyway! Due to the recent hyperinflation, the nation's currency is now not worth the paper it's written on.
See also: not, on, paper, worth, written

sealed with a kiss

1. A phrase written on an envelope to indicate that one kissed it to show love for the recipient, perhaps literally and leaving behind a lipstick mark. Often abbreviated as "SWAK." You must have a secret admirer, because "sealed with a kiss" is written on the back of the envelope along with a red lipstick kiss mark.
2. By extension, written and sent with love and affection. This letter comes sealed with a kiss, since I can't be there to kiss you in person.
See also: kiss, seal

carved in stone

 and engraved in stone; written in stone
Fig. permanent or not subject to change. (Often in the negative.) Now, this isn't carved in stone yet, but this looks like the way it's going to be. Is this policy carved in stone, or can it still be modified?
See also: carve, stone

It's written all over one's face.

Fig. It is very evident and can easily be detected when looking at someone's face. I know she's guilty. It's written all over her face.
See also: all, face, over, written

not worth the paper it's written on

 and not worth the paper it's printed on
Fig. [of a document] meaningless or without authority; of no value. That contract isn't worth the paper it's written on. All the signatures are forged. Don't take a check from that guy. It's not worth the paper it's written on.
See also: not, on, paper, worth, written

sealed with a kiss

 and SWAK
written and sent with love and care. (The initialism is sometimes written on love letters. Also an acronym.) All her letters come SWAK. I know they are sealed with a kiss, because she says so.
See also: kiss, seal

written all over your face

If an emotion or your opinion about something is written all over your face, it is very obvious to people what you are feeling or thinking. My misery must have been written all over my face. Joy and relief were written all over the faces of the freed hostages.
See also: all, face, over, written

not worth the paper it's written on

If something such as an agreement, promise or qualification is not worth the paper it's written on, it has no value, even if it seems official and definite. Many employers say that today's qualifications are not worth the paper they're written on. Note: Printed is sometimes used instead of written. The certificate is not worth the paper it's printed on.
See also: not, on, paper, worth, written

not worth the paper it is written on

(of an agreement, promise, etc.) of no value or validity whatsoever.
See also: not, on, paper, worth, written

be (or have something) written all over your face

used to convey that the presence of a particular quality or feeling is clearly revealed by a person's expression. informal
See also: all, face, over, written

the spoken/written ˈword

the language, in speaking/writing: The spoken word is often very different from the written word.
See also: spoken, word, written

not worth the paper it’s ˈprinted/ˈwritten on

(of a written agreement, document, report, etc.) not having any value, especially legally, or because the person involved does not intend to do what they say they will: The promises in this letter aren’t worth the paper they’re written on.
See also: not, on, paper, print, worth, written

be written all over somebody’s ˈface

(of an emotion) be clearly seen on somebody’s face: You could see he was guilty; it was written all over his face.
See also: all, face, over, written

have somebody/something written all ˈover it

(informal) show clearly the influence or characteristics of somebody/something: It’s been badly organized, as usual — it’s got the council written all over it.

sealed with a kiss

and SWAK
mod. written and sent with love and care. (The initialism is sometimes written on love letters. Also an acronym.) I know they are sealed with a kiss, because she says so.
See also: kiss, seal
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