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.