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    On the short side

    Could you help me with this question.

    In the textbook Wordbuilder published by MacMillan, in the chapter "Build" there is an expression that astonishes me a little:

    That is:
    on the short side.

    It is about the build of a person. Could you comment?

    Michael

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    Re: On the short side

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

    In the textbook Wordbuilder published by MacMillan, in the chapter "Build" there is an expression that astonishes me a little:

    That is:
    on the short side.

    It is about the build of a person. Could you comment?

    Michael
    It means "short", specifically "on the short side of average".
    What is astonishing about it?

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    Re: On the short side

    Sometimes such phrases can contain some deep and not obvious meaning, I mean some allusions. To how classmates lined up in the class in phisical education or something.

    Ok, if everything is obvious, it is simpler.

    Thank you.

    Michael

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    Re: On the short side

    Just because my first language is the same as yours, Michael, I understand what exactly "astonished" you about the espression: How different it sounds compare with your native language, how strange and at the same time -- perfectly acurate and simple. Right? It never ceases to amaze me either.
    Generally, I think you touched an interesting subject to contemplate over: The differences between languages.

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