Your birthday is in one week. Your girlfriend bought you a gift. She shows you the box and asks if you want to know what it is, but won’t let you see it. You say:
You’re such a tease!
(someone) is such a (something)
The word “such” is similar to “so” except it’s used with nouns instead of adjectives:
He’s so handsome.
I used to be so lazy.
You’re so goofy.
He’s such a good-looking man.
I used to be such a procrastinator!
You’re such a goofball!
(someone) is a tease
“A tease” is a person who plays with other people’s desires. They offer something that you want, but then don’t give it to you.
For example, “a tease” very often describes a woman who acts like she’s attracted to a man, but then won’t go out with him or sleep with him.
Despite its meaning, the word “tease” doesn’t really sound very negative. It sounds kind of fun and playful.
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