Tuesday, April 30, 2013

cliché: beauty is only skin deep

Meaning: Appearances can be deceptive; physical beauty is superficial (definition).

Example: Her words not so gracious as her appearance, we learned her beauty is only skin deep.

Origins: First use attributed to Sir Thomas Overbury, 1613, 1856. (Source.)


  • beauty is a blemish of the skin
  • beauty doesn’t reach to the bone
  • beauty is a tattoo
  • grace is an outer garment only
  • once the skin breaks the beauty bleeds away
  • glamour is but a mask
  • loveliness is a linen few care to turn down
Discussion: Once again, we break this idiom down into its essential meaning to create its rewrites.