I'm writing a speech about someone and I would like to describe them as intelligent using a similar phrase to the way that "she has fire in her belly" would describe her as being passionate and driven.

Something along the lines of

She has fire in her belly and {something} in her head.

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    Lots of grey matter?
    – Xanne
    Aug 22, 2023 at 20:41
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    ...and brilliance in her brain. Aug 22, 2023 at 21:18
  • @WeatherVane I like "brilliance" I think I can do something with that, thanks. Aug 22, 2023 at 21:31
  • @Xanne this is hilarious but not quite the tone (this time!) haha Aug 22, 2023 at 21:31
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    Good, note I used 'brain' instead of 'head' for alliteration. Aug 22, 2023 at 21:32

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I suppose one would like to preserve a certain parallelism in the form of the images used, and thus I'd try to supply a term as in the following.

  • She has fire in her belly and sparks in her head.

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