I was wondering if there were any idioms or cliched metaphors commonly used to describe someone who you can always expect to see in a certain place because they spend a lot of time there (or even better, creative metaphors!).

And more specifically, I am looking to describe a chessmaster who's always chilling in the break room at the chessboard.

Perhaps phrases containing 'perennial tree' or 'rock' or 'staple'? But I can't quite arrive at a good metaphor from them. Would appreciate any help!

  • I'd say "fixture" is a relatively literary figurative usage in such contexts. Something like He's a regular at the local chess club is more likely in ordinary conversational contexts. Commented Nov 5, 2022 at 12:50
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    That individual is "part of the furniture" in colloquial UK English
    – Richard
    Commented Nov 5, 2022 at 19:09
  • Hello, Jenny. Creative metaphors don't really fit in with the ELU template, and are probably better asked for on Writing.SE. Commented Nov 5, 2022 at 20:31
  • @Richard Thank you!! I love this expression. It would fit perfectly for the situation I want to describe.
    – Jenny
    Commented Nov 7, 2022 at 22:10

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You can also call him/her "an adornment".

As per https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/adornment

Definition of adornment

1 : the action of adorning : the state of being adorned 2 : something that adorns

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    I don't see how that fits. Did you follow the links to the meaning of "adorn"?
    – Barmar
    Commented Nov 5, 2022 at 20:00

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