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British English Idioms for Describing People

Here are some very British English expressions and idioms for describing people – especially describing negative characteristics. For each idiom, decide which is the correct meaning.

Level: Intermediate and above

1. He can be a bit of a handful at times. This means:
2. He's got a lot to say for himself. This means:
3. He's so full of himself. This means:
4. She's got a bit of a chip on her shoulder. This means:
5. He's a bit hard-going. This means:
6. She's a real piece of work. This means:
7. He's not the brightest of the bunch. This means:
8. You have to treat him / her with kid gloves. This means:
9. She's a proper little madam. This means:
10. She's a complete pain in the neck / arse. This means:

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