Meaning: appears foolish. Meaning.
Rewrite 1: has mud on his dress shoes
Rewrite 2: wears his shirts inside out
Rewrite 3: has holes on the knees in his slacks
Rewrite 4: has yesterday’s spinach on his teeth
Comment: These rewrites might sound more like sloppy dressing, so some context might help solidify them. For instance, you might say something like “has holes in his Sunday-best slacks” or “went to work with his sweater inside out.” Of course, the more you have to say to get the point across the less effective it is as a metaphor.
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