soul of, the

The essence of some quality, as in You can trust her; she's the soul of discretion, or He's the very soul of generosity but he can be cranky at times. This idiom was first recorded in 1605.


Nearby words

  1. soul cake,
  2. soul food,
  3. soul kiss,
  4. soul mate,
  5. soul music,
  6. soul sister,
  7. soul-destroying,
  8. soul-kiss,
  9. soul-searching,
  10. soulful

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