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    Like a pipe cleaner

    Could you help me with this question.

    In the textbook Wordbuilder published by McMillan, in the chapter "Build" there are three expressions that astonish me a little:

    1. He is as square as he is tall
    2. He is big round as he is tall
    3. Like a pipe cleaner.

    Could you help me with them?

    Michael


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    Re: Like a pipe cleaner

    Quote Originally Posted by Grablevskij View Post
    Could you help me with this question.

    In the textbook Wordbuilder published by McMillan, in the chapter "Build" there are three expressions that astonish me a little:

    1. He is as square as he is tall His height and breadth are the same so he looks square
    2. He is big round as he is tall His waist measurement is the same as his height.
    3. Like a pipe cleaner. Long and thin like these: http://www.jwodcatalog.com/imgLg/9920002929946.jpg

    Could you help me with them?

    Michael
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    Re: Like a pipe cleaner

    Thank you.

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    Re: Like a pipe cleaner

    Some extra info about pipe-cleaners. They also have a core of wire running down the middle, so that you can bend them into various shapes. A person who is thin and flexible can also be called 'wiry'.

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    Re: Like a pipe cleaner

    That is, a man who is like a pipe cleaner is not like the one who is like a lamp post?

    Both are thin and ling, but the first one is extremely willowy, whereas the second one is at all not. Am I right?

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    Re: Like a pipe cleaner

    - though I don't think I've ever heard the 'lamp post' version (I'm not saying it's 'wrong', just that it's uncommon).

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    #7

    Re: Like a pipe cleaner

    PS

    ... and there's nothing wrong with a metaphor being uncommon. In A Midsummer Night's Dream a woman calls another woman (who is tall and 'prettified') a 'painted Maypole' (here's some background: Maypole - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia). I've never heard this metaphor used in any other context (except woman to (nubile) woman) , though I have heard it used as a clear and obvious quotation.

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    #8

    Re: Like a pipe cleaner

    Thank you.

    Michael

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