to stick out like a sore thumb

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - stick out like a sore thumb

"to stick out like a sore thumb"

not to blend in;

to be obvious and prominent or easily seen


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - stick out like a sore thumb

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1: We've got a visit from our most conservative clients today. What are we going to do about Melvin?

Colleague 2: What do you mean? What's wrong with Melvin?

Colleague 1: Perhaps you have become accustomed to Melvin's odd wardrobe choices but he sticks out like a sore thumb and I am sure that our clients will not appreciate his eccentricity.

Colleague 2: We could send him out on an errand.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - stick out like a sore thumb

Two business partners are talking ...

Partner 1: The waiting room looks great except for that one odd chair. It sticks out like a sore thumb. Why is one chair such a different color from the others?

Partner 2: The furniture store where I bought them didn't have enough of the purple ones.

Partner 1: Perhaps it would be better to just remove the yellow chair and spread out the others?

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to stick out like a sore thumb - Gerund Form:

Sticking out like a sore thumb, he regretted wearing the visitor's team colors for the game in the home stadium.

to stick out like a sore thumb - Examples:

1)  ... because those things will feel more and more wrong and will stick out like a sore thumb even though we may resist letting them go with all our might.

2)  A brush fence may look great in one setting and stick out like a sore thumb in another.

3)  ... an odd colored car, a purple Pontiac and it should stick out like a sore thumb.

4)  At any time of year, a poorly planned outfit will stick out like a sore thumb; it will look ill prepared, terribly executed and ...

5)  ... report you or not, smoke is smoke, you would stick out like a sore thumb in a smoke free area.

6)  You don't want your property to stick out like a sore thumb! This will make your house a hard sell in the future.

7)  You'll stick out like a sore thumb and be ignored as the sleazy sales-type that no one wants around.

8)  I probably do stick out like a sore thumb where I live - I'm a white girl living in a mainly black/Asian ...

9)  Fancy dress is most definitely recommended! You will almost certainly stick out like a sore thumb if you don't!

10)  ... the latest Walmart couture. When you're in Europe Americans stick out like a sore thumb. That's nothing to be proud of. 

11)  ... and I am super uncomfortable in the class and stick out like a sore thumb around the well-put-together, East Memphis moms. However, my hips and abs ..

12)  ... with the conference's leaders in the post, Caudill would stick out like a sore thumb, averaging half the rebounds those players averaged in many cases. 

13)  ... so anything artificial sticks out like a sore thumb.

14)  ... a bright yellow van which can be seen for miles and sticks out like a sore thumb

15)  ... for proper preparation - a vague or poorly prepared sales presentation sticks out like a sore thumb, and it will be disowned immediately.

16)  As such, current single Candy is an anomaly. It sticks out like a sore thumb as the only track on which he has any sort of fun.

17)  ... which once held pride of place in western Jamaica, now sticks out like a sore thumb and is a major source of embarrassment to those who once worked so hard ...

18)  ... the vast majority of the people, the breach of which sticks out like a sore thumb and evokes instant opprobrium and rejection by the society.

19)  Very happy with the results except that the white socket sticks out like a sore thumb. Mental note to get a black socket the next time. 

20)  When something is not spelled correctly it sticks out like a sore thumb.