how I'm built

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Hi

Does "that's how I'm built" mean "that's what I am"?

E.G. "Why do you keep teasing me?". "Because that's how I'm built".

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It's more of what your body looks like and how it is formed. For example, a well built man would have large shoulders and a narrow waist.

OK. But can it also have a different meaning; the one that I mentioned in my original post?
 

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"Why do you keep teasing me?". "Because that's how I'm built".

This suggests that the person has no choice in the matter- they have to tease because that is their nature and they cannot control it. However, like Gillnetter, I'd use 'That's the way I am'- it isn't something I have heard people use as an expression.
 
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