SIMILE – as tough as old boots (everyday English idiomatic expression)

SIMILE –  as tough as old boots (everyday English idiomatic expression)

Hi! ‘m Cate from the Studio of English and today, we’re going to be focusing on the simile ‘as tough as old boots’ which is often used in everyday conversations in English. We use it to describe a person who has a very strong and resilient character. The origin of this phrase comes from the fact that leather (the material generally used to make boots) is known to be very strong and resistant to damage and even though it doesn’t sound very nice or even very flattering to be compared to a pair of old boots, it could be considered to be quite a compliment! So let’s see how we could use this in a conversation. You could say, My grandfather recovered from his operation very quickly. He’s as tough as old boots. So, I hope you found this helpful. Thank you so much for watching and I’ll see you in the next video!

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  1. What do you think of this very common idiomatic expression? How would you use it in a sentence? Let me know in the comments below!

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