a honey of an anklet

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"That's a honey of an anklet you're wearing, Mrs. Dietrichson."
Source: Double Indemnity (1944, film).

Why is honey addressed a thing here? Is this a common use? Don't we generally use it referring to people?
  • Florentia52

    Modwoman in the attic
    English - United States
    You haven't given us much context here, but the speaker (whoever he or she is) is not addressing the anklet as "Honey." He or she is referring to the anklet as "a honey," which is an expression similar to "a doozie." It just means the speaker is impressed in some way by the object.
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