knee-high to a grasshopper

knee-high to a grasshopper

Quite young, as in I haven't seen him since I was knee-high to a grasshopper. This hyperbolic expression, dating from about 1850 and alluding to someone's youth, replaced the earlier knee-high to a mosquito or bumblebee or splinter.
See also: grasshopper

knee-high to a grasshopper

mod. of very short stature. (Folksy.) I knew you when you were knee-high to a grasshopper.
See also: grasshopper
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I am knee-high to a grasshopper," said Grima, ahead of today's home game against Huddersfield.
The fact of the matter is if your knee-high to a grasshopper then you will most likely be type cast and acting parts may well be in short supply.
Poor Ches, so many traumas and still knee-high to a grasshopper.
Winning trainer Annabelle King said: 'He's an amazing horse - only knee-high to a grasshopper and every day he accompanies my little boy Oliver on his pony.
Whether you are just starting out in the game or have been playing since you were knee-high to a grasshopper, there's no getting away from the fact that golf is an extremely frustrating occupation.
He's knee-high to a grasshopper but always puts in his best and tries hard.
He's only knee-high to a grasshopper, but he's played with the very best - Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen among them.
IT was Chesney's 18th birthday in Corrie this week and it seems like only yesterday he was knee-high to a grasshopper.
He first came in here as a five or six-year-old when he was knee-high to a grasshopper and, apart from getting a bit bigger and stronger, he hasn't changed a bit.
Little John may be knee-high to a grasshopper but he stands up for backbench MPs against Government ministers.