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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?
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'.
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?
- 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).
... 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.