One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Used to describe someone or something that is a supreme example of the quality specified.‘Smith is as tough as they come’
- ‘He's everything a football player should be - he's as tough as they come.’
- ‘He is as versatile as they come and he has so many quality strings to his bow that he is well tuned up in every aspect of the game.’
- ‘‘We always knew it would be tough, but this is as tough as they come,’ he said.’
- ‘To give a little background, the Aunt - while a wonderful woman - is as nosy and as pushy as they come.’
- ‘It's difficult not to be impressed by this outrageous concrete hyperbole, but he is as right-on as they come and says he despises it as a symbol of tyranny.’
- ‘He's as big as they come, both literally and figuratively.’
- ‘But then one of friends is about as fey as they come.’
- ‘He is as tough as they come and never gives and inch.’
- ‘She had everything going for her - Olympic glory, good looks, personality, and as articulate as they come.’
- ‘These lessons, these stories, are as essential as they come.’
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