Phrasal-Adjectives – Letter T

–  Adjectival Phrases – Letter T  –


  • (to be) Neither Here Nor There – This an Idiomatic Adjectival and Adverbial Phrase which is used when a person is speaking but makes reference to something which is not necessarily realted to the main point that the person is making – and it used as a way of getting back to the main point by saying:

“What I just said is not completely relevant to what I am endeavoring to express so I will get back to my main point.”

For example:  If a person where making some point about a lesson that he or she learned from his or her grandparent, but then while trying to make a point got sidetracked and started talking about the beautiful garden at the grandparents’ house (which had nothing to do with the main point) – he or she could then stop and say…

“…and it was such a lovely garden.  But that is neither here nor there.  The important thing that I learned was…”

  • (to be) Paper-Thin – This is an idiomatic phrasal adjective which is describing something which is very thin, by comparing it to the thickness of a sheet of paper.  This phrase is usually used to describe the walls of an apartment or office, when it is very easy to hear anything happening on the other side of a wall, like the TV, people talking or beds squeaking 😉

  • (to be) Tall, Dark and Handsome – This is a phrase which is (usually) used by a woman to describe a man who she thinks is very attractive, but not in a “Hot”, “Sexy” way, but in a very “Masculine”, “Mature” & “Sophisticated” way…  “Throughout the late 1990s and early 2000s, many women considered George Clooney to be the epitome of the phrase *Tall, Dark and Handsome*.”

  • (to) Tick All The Boxes –This is an Idiomatic Adjectival Verb Phrase.  Though the word “tick” is a verb, this is not describing an action.  Instead it is using the idea of an action to describe the thing.  “Ticking Boxes” is something that is done in a check-list to ensure that something meets all requirements or is up to specification…  So to say that something “Ticks All The Boxes” means that whatever is being described has all of the things necessary to fulfill certain requirements.  –  (See Also: “(to) Hit/Punch/Push All the Right Buttons“)

(to be) Tried-&-True – This is a (partially) Idiomatic Phrasal-Adjective which is used to describe something which is very reliable; dependable.  This is because it is something which has been “Tried” (or done/used/experienced) by many, and found to be “True” (useful/dependable/proven).


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