big as life

[big as life] or [large as life] {adj. phr.} 1. or [life-size] The same size as the living person or thing.

The statue of Jefferson was big as life.

The characters on the screen were life-size.

2. or [big as life and twice as natural] {informal} In person; real and living.

I had not seen him for years, but there he was, big as life and twice as natural.