One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Be obviously different from the surrounding people or things.
- ‘The café was busy and loud, if people took the time to notice, we stood out like a sore thumb.’
- ‘The centre has stuck out like a sore thumb for many, many years and at last something is being done.’
- ‘We stuck out like a sore thumb: all pale skin and wearing black.’
- ‘The Times said that the theft was clearly the work of ‘a suspect, a scientist [who] stuck out like a sore thumb.’’
- ‘I stood out like a sore thumb in my lisle knee-socks and street clothes.’
- ‘Is it going to be really stuck out like a sore thumb or is it going to blend in with the rolling hills and the space in that area?’
- ‘The structure is the most terrible garish monstrosity - it sticks out like a sore thumb in the green belt.’
- ‘From a distance the house sticks out like a sore thumb across the countryside.’
- ‘It will come as a relief to residents of Old Broadway, all of whom were fiercely opposed to something that would have stuck out like a sore thumb.’
- ‘I stuck out like a sore thumb because I was brought up to be polite and people are not quite sincere there.’
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