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    #1

    a broad backside

    Hello,

    I'm looking for a more colloquial / informal way to say that someone's got 'broad shoulders' or that someone's backside is 'as broad as a barn door'.
    The term or phrase should not distinguish between a well-built physique and an untrained one. So it should just refer to how extremely wide someone's back is.

    Let's say you are sitting in a Café and a man with a very wide back goes by your table. Amazed about that guy's appearance you turn to your partner and say something like, "Gosh, that guy's back is as broad as a barn door!"

    Can you think of any other things one could say?

    Thanks.

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    Re: a broad backside

    Quote Originally Posted by Shenfeng View Post
    Hello,

    I'm looking for a more colloquial / informal way to say that someone's got 'broad shoulders' or that someone's backside is 'as broad as a barn door'.
    The term or phrase should not distinguish between a well-built physique and an untrained one. So it should just refer to how extremely wide someone's back is.

    Let's say you are sitting in a Café and a man with a very wide back goes by your table. Amazed about that guy's appearance you turn to your partner and say something like, "Gosh, that guy's back is as broad as a barn door!"

    Can you think of any other things one could say?

    Thanks.
    Be aware that 'backside' means buttocks, butt, bottom, derriere.
    It doesn't mean back. A large backside is a fat arse (ass if you're American).

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    #3

    Re: a broad backside

    There is also an idiomatic meaning to broad shoulders. It means the person can carry a big burden, but a metaphorical one, not a physical one.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    #4

    Re: a broad backside

    Oh, I mean back, not backside.

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