One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Used to emphasize that a person is conspicuously present.‘he was standing nearby, large as life’
- ‘A cheetah bounds into a picture, large as life, head thrown back and maw wide, roaring or yawning over a rib cage.’
- ‘I doubt that you would sanction drinking and gambling on such a scale, but there you are as large as life, directly above the club's reception desk.’
- ‘Suddenly Peggy just appeared at the side door as large as life.’
- ‘Even sadder was the mid-2002 suddenness with which Our Man Geoffrey, large as life, disappeared from the small screen.’
- ‘Here he was today in Parliament, large as life, and there was not one single question on the Order Paper from the Leader of the Opposition.’
- ‘But when they lined up for the team picture before their Champions League semi-final, there he was, large as life, and preserved for posterity.’
- ‘‘They were in again last night, large as life,’ he murmured.’
- ‘In their original testimony, they claimed to have been working when he wandered in, large as life, in the company of a man resembling the person described by her as their attacker.’
- ‘The scar is still on my hip, large as life and on our wall next to the front door is a picture of Angela, Alex and me in the hospital, posing for a picture.’
- ‘The Case of the Missing Elephant is soon solved, for, behold, five pages further on there is the selfsame caption with the correct picture, and the elusive pachyderm large as life in the foreground.’
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