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ugly duckling
an ugly or plain child who grows up to be attractive
The girl was an ugly duckling when she was a child but now she is very beautiful.
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  • unaccustomed to (someone or something)
  • under (close) scrutiny
  • under a cloud
  • under a cloud (of suspicion)
  • under arrest
  • under certain circumstances
  • under certain conditions
  • under construction
  • under control
  • under cover
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  • go back on one's word
  • shut up (someone or something) or shut (someone or something) up
  • raise eyebrows
  • face value
  • brand-new
  • work up (someone) or work (someone) up
  • over and over
  • make good on (something)
  • a knockout
  • take (someone) for (someone or something)

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