fine\ feathers\ do\ not\ make\ fine\ birds

literary
proverb
A person who wears fine clothes may not be as good as he looks.

Mary is pretty and she wears pretty clothes, but she is very mean. Fine feathers do not make fine birds.

Compare: handsome is as handsome does

Словарь американских идиом. — СПб., Изд-во "Лань". . 1997.

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