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ClicheMeaning
ugly as a mud fenceWhen someone or something is ugly as a mud fence it means they are very unattractive or displeasing to look it, so ugly in fact, nobody wants to look at it at all. By referring to a mud fence, it is simply a way to exaggerate the level of unattractiveness someone or something is. There are a variety of idioms that describes how unattractive someone or something is, as being ugly as a mud fence is simply another way to explain this.
ugly as sinUgly as sin is a common idiom which describes someone or something that is very ugly or unattractive. This may be someone who is unattractive to a certain person and they dont mind being insulting about not liking the way someone looks, or it can describe something, such as a homemade craft of some kind, which did not turn out very well and is therefore as ugly as sin.
unbeknownst to meUnbeknownst to me is an idiom which means something is without the knowledge of a specified person or group of people. Typically someone will say something is unbeknownst to me when they were not previously aware of someone who was just said to them, and it is a very surprising thing because they had no prior knowledge of it. This is not a phrase commonly used in everyday conversation, but you might hear it spoken occasionally.
under my skinUnder my skin is an expression someone will use when someone or something is bothering or irritating them. It may be a person who continues to say certain things or act in a certain way that makes them uncomfortable or irritates them in some way. The idiom can also be used for a specific thought, feeling, or situation that just rubs someone the wrong way or bothers them to the point where it feels like it is getting under their skin.
under the gunTo be under the gun means to feel pressure by others to do something, usually something you arent entirely interested in or comfortable doing. The phrase comes from someone who is held at gunpoint and being forced to do something they are told. Usually this idiom is not used in such a serious manner, but simply another way to say there is something you are being pressured to do that you arent that interested in doing.
under the same roofUnder the same roof is a phrase used when you are literally under the same roof as someone else, such as in the same building, dwelling, or home as them. This idiom is often used to describe more than one person who are sharing the same dwelling or residence and may be used in a variety of situations where you want to make a point that this group of people are all in the same place at the same time.
under the tableUnder the table is an idiom used when someone pays money to someone else, usually in secret, because they do not want to hassle with checks and taxes being paid. This is usually seen as an illegal transfer for money, usually for services or work being done, but occasionally for goods that were paid for. By transferring money and not paying taxes on that money, it is considered to be illegal which is why it is known as being paid under the table.
under the weatherIf someone says they are under the weather, it usually means they are ill or indisposed somehow. There are several other occurrences when someone will be said to be under the weather such as the slang term for being intoxicated or drunk or suffering from a hangover. However in most occasions, the phrase under the weather is simply used for someone who is somewhat ill but not severely so.
understated eleganceUnderstated elegance is an idiom used for someone who is not obvious, loud, garish, or ubiquitous in the way that they behave. This person is elegant in a more subtle way where it is obvious they are not trying hard to get the attention of others and in some ways, considered subtly chic. They are an elegant person often in their appearance and the way they behave and carry themselves, but not in such an obvious way.
unexpected twistAn unexpected twist is when something very different happens that is quite surprising. The twist is usually an event occurring in something which was deemed to go one direction, but then another detail or event occurred in the middle somewhere, and it ended up going an entirely different direction. Unexpected twist is often used for various novels, movies, or stage productions in which the end results is entirely unexpected.
unlucky at cards, lucky in loveTo be unlucky at cards and lucky in love means that you do not win at card games because you are not a deceitful or secretive person, but for this reason; your personality traits mesh well with being lucky in love. However the more traditional version of this phrase is quite the opposite where someone is lucky at cards because they frequently win, but this type of person generally is not very lucky in love.
until the cows come homeUntil the cows come home is a very common idiom used when referring to something which will not happen for a very long time, usually an indefinite amount of time. IT is most often said in response to someone asking when a certain event might occur, and the answer will be not until the cows come home. When cows leave home, or escape from where they live, they dont normally find their way back home which is where the phrase originates from.
up a creek without a paddleTo be up a creek without a paddle means you are in a situation with little to no chances of being rescued or getting help. This is another way of saying you are in trouble and in a very difficult situation with practically no way to get out. By saying you are up a creek without a paddle, it refers to literally being up a creek with no paddle which in this situation would be the only possible way to help you unless you got out and tried to swim to safety.
up his sleeveUp his sleeve is an idiom used when someone has something hidden or in secret but is ready to be used at any point he needs to. This is usually pertaining to a situation where there is some sort of competition or game and this person has a trick up his sleeve, which can be anything that might give him the upper hand, but he will wait to use it until the perfect opportunity presents itself. Usually he will not let this trick be known until it is time to be used.
up to his ears in troubleIf someone says he is up to his ears in trouble it means he is in so much trouble he cant even see you or anyone else or even a way to get out of it. Usually instead of being in trouble, this phrase in pertaining more to having so much work to get done he cant really see anyone or focus on anything else. It can also be more literal where the person is in trouble with someone and therefore does not see a way out.