Man of Wax

A model man; like one fashioned in wax. Horace speaks of the “waxen arms of Telephus,” meaning model arms, or of perfect shape and colour; and the nurse says of Romeo, “Why, he's a man of wax”

(i. 3), which she explains by saying, “Nay, he's a flower, i' faith a very flower.”

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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