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the x-factor

Meaning: If someone has the x-factor, they have a certain charismatic appeal and magnetic quality.

For example:

  • He's not a great singer but people can't take their eyes off him, so he must have the x-factor.

  • You can't teach anyone the x-factor; they've either got it or they haven't.

Quick Quiz:

Jim's definitely got the x-factor. He's
  1. just had an x-ray
  2. putting on weight
  3. an amazing performer

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