ugly as sin

Physically or morally hideous, as in I can't think why she likes that dog; it's ugly as sin. This simile, first recorded in 1801, replaced the earlier ugly as the devil.


Nearby words

  1. ugh,
  2. ugli,
  3. uglify,
  4. ugly,
  5. ugly american,
  6. ugly customer,
  7. ugly duckling,
  8. ugrian,
  9. ugric,
  10. ugsome

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