One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A person's face or expression.‘it was enough to paste his phiz on the cover of Time magazine’
face, features, physiognomy, profileView synonyms
- ‘He's wearing a smart grey suit and, it seems, a different phizog.’
- ‘There are those who say he's a publicity-hungry monster but, you know, there are easier ways of getting your phizog in the papers that hurtling across the Atlantic at 50 knots.’
- ‘It was not an unexpected development for a mother and father who own approximately 10,000 Disney-related items and who have decorated one side of their house with a colorful representation of Mickey Mouse's full-frontal phiz.’
- ‘I am forced to leave the magazine face downwards where her mighty fizzog can be safely forgotten for a few precious moments of sanctuary.’
- ‘He wasn't able to give me anything but a description of your phizog - blue, and bruised, as if from a fall.’
- ‘It is 2014 and the Botox butchers have finally been outlawed - not before leaving their indelible mark on the phizogs of every Scot desperate enough to believe the hype.’
- ‘Alas, the years haven't been kind to Swayze's once-famous phizog.’
- ‘When he re-surfaced, Steve-O's screaming pink phizog wasn't clever make-up.’
- ‘The result is a service sector with a girning phizog most of the time.’
- ‘Or the wealthy, aging, American who desperately awaits the call to say that, thanks to a tragic accident in which a beautiful young women died, she can now check into the clinic to receive the phizog of her dreams.’
- ‘A smile that could have been ripped from the Cheshire cats face spread across Hilary's smug phizog.’
- ‘Now, take your pot of eyeshadow and apply it carefully with a big fat blusher brush, all over your fizzog.’
- ‘Quite a number would not endear themselves to any electorate on fizzog alone.’
- ‘A narcissist of that magnitude could not resist parading his phiz on television.’
- ‘He had sheet creases across the fizzog and a red chin and noggin.’
- ‘Just as sure as women don't know the pain of removing excess hair and never get any hair growing on their faces, my singledom can only be due to the fact that I either do or don't have a furry phiz.’
- ‘I caught sight of my ghastly, sallow, unshaven fizzog in the big bathroom mirror this evening.’
- ‘During the heyday of modern American liberalism, the 1930s, when Big Brother supposedly wore his friendliest phiz, Day and the Catholic Workers said No.’
- ‘After all, it is a showcase for Jim Carrey, the dude with the malleable body and mug who can make you guffaw just by jiggling around and rearranging his phiz.’
- ‘The female gender doesn't like the fashion for phizog tonsure.’
Late 17th century: abbreviation of physiognomy.
(1815–82), English illustrator; pseudonym of Hablot Knight Browne. He illustrated many of Dickens's works, including Martin Chuzzlewit, Pickwick Papers, and Bleak House. He took his pseudonym to complement Dickens's ‘Boz’.
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