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    well-upholstered steam roller

    Hi

    Some people think I go through life like a well-upholstered
    steam roller. But it's not true.

    Does it just mean: like a big steam roller?

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    #2

    Re: well-upholstered steam roller

    Upholstery is the covering on furniture, like a sofa. So the idea here is that this person is very comfortable while steamrolling his/her way through life.

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    #3

    Re: well-upholstered steam roller

    It might mean that the speaker is large, heavy, solid and unstoppable, like a steamroller, and well-upholstered - well-padded, fat.

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    #4

    Re: well-upholstered steam roller

    Yeah, that. Or maybe she wears fine clothes?

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    #5

    Re: well-upholstered steam roller

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    Yeah, that. Or maybe she wears fine clothes?
    Also possible.

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    #6

    Re: well-upholstered steam roller

    Actually it's "he" not "she".

    So many people think I'm indestructible like a steamroller and I roll through life like it.

    It's a conversation between a woman and a man:

    He says: I’ve had rather a brute
    of a day. And this . . . Absurd as it seems, I always loathe
    having to take anybody to task. I know it has to be done,
    and I do it, but it does go against the grain.’

    She says: I can see that.

    He says: Most people aren’t so perspicacious;
    they think I go through life like a well-upholstered
    steam roller.’
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    #7

    Re: well-upholstered steam roller

    Guest, that context should have been given in post #1, not #6.

    It would have saved people having to guess.

    Rover

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