Too short and young

Etymology:

  • In 1814, this phase was recorded as “knee high to a toad”, but according to many people, it could be knee high to a toad, bumblebee, duck, mosquito or anything that is tiny or small. Some also used “splinter” which is small and does not have knees But among all tiny creatures, it was grasshopper that actually caught on in 1850, because it really has knees so to coming to a knee high to a grasshopper means to be short and less than an inch tall.
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When Mr. Tyler meets little Bob, he says he knew him when he was knee high to a grass hopper.

Submitted on February 25, 2019

Additional definitions for 'Knee-High to a Grasshopper':

knee-high to a grasshoppershort; especially relating to when the subject was a small child
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jusqu'aux genoux à une sauterelle

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