18 Observing others: appearance and mannerisms

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He was too scrawny to be a football player.
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unattractively thin and bony-looking
A lanky teenager walked in.
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very tall and thin, and usually moving awkwardly
gangling / gangly
A ganling/gangly youth approached him.
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with long, thin arms and legs and rather awkward movements; often used of men and boys
A portly figure stood near the ticket desk.
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with fat stomach and chest; often used humorously about older men
She's the stout woman wearing glasses, over there.
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with a quite fat, solid body; usef of men and women
gruby, tęgi
She introduced me to rather corpulent gentleman.
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fat (formal, literary word)
double chin
He's getting a dobule chin.
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fat around the chin
unkempt (e.g. hair)
His hair always looks so unkempt.
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untidy, scruffy; not cared for
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untidy and looking a little dirty
never a hair out of place
His sister is the opposte: never a hair out of place.
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If someone does not have a hair out of place, their appearance is very neat
Her hair is always neat and tidy.
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tidy, with everything in its place
(...), with the skin hanging in folds.
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to bend something, especially paper or cloth, so that one part of it lies on the other part, or to be able to be bent in this way
fałdować, fałdy
He has rather swarthy complexion.
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(of a person or their skin) dark
His sister's complexion is more sallow.
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the natural appearance of the skin on a person's face, especially its colour or quality
cera, karnacja
His sister's complexion is more sallow.
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(of white-skinned people) yellowish and looking unhealthy
He often looks haggard and exhausted.
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looking ill or tired, often with dark skin under the eyes
zmęczony; mizerny; wybiedzony
Look at those models pouting for the photographers!
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to push the lower lip forward to show you are annoyed, or to push both lips forward in a sexually attractive way
robić "dziubek" lub dąsać się
You don't have to grimace every time I eat raw garlic.
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to make an expression of pain, strong dislike, etc. in which the face twists in an ugly way
wykrzywiać usta
I arrived late and she just scowled at me.
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to look at someone or something with a very annoyed expression
patrzyć groźnie, z ukosa
He was leering at us.
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(especially of men) to look at someone in a sexually interested way
gapić się z porządaniem
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something that a person does repeatedly with their face, hands, or voice, and that they may not realize they are doing
maniera, sposób zachowywanie się
to shrug
I asked him for advice but he just shrugged his shoulders.
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to raise your shoulders and then lower them in order to say you do not know or are not interested
wzruszyć ramionami
fold your arms / cross your legs
He folded his arms.
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to bring your arms close to your chest and hold them together
zakładać rękę/nogę na rękę/nogę
pick your nose / teeth
She picks her nose all the time.
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to remove separate things or small pieces from something, especially with the fingers
dłubać w nosie / zębach
to clench your fist
She clenched her fist and told him to go get out of the room at once.
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to close or hold something very tightly, often in a determined or angry way
zacisnąć pięść
to tap your fingers (on a table)
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make quick, light hitting movements

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