long drink of water

long drink of water

A very tall person. “Look at that basketball player—what a long drink of water!” The image is the distance that water would travel down the throat of someone of great height.
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Then she takes a long drink of water, after which she licks her bowl, then takes another drink.
He asked the judge for a break and took a long drink of water before continuing to read.
The Chancellor took a further long drink of water and poured himself another glass as he steadied himself to launch into his first Budget.
takes a long drink of water on Thursday during a break from helping put down asphalt on Cal Young Road.
He's built like a long drink of water and has an uncanny knack of growing each time his clothes go into the wash.
I sat under a small juniper pine and took a long drink of water from my canteen.
Frey and his colleagues found that after a sunny day with low humidity, more butterflies visited the dewy meadow than usual, some of them increasing their body weight by 7 percent with a long drink of water.
It's a small, inconsequential film with all the drama and interest of a long drink of water.
But last month, the city struck a deal with the water district that signaled a new era of cooperation between the once-feuding governments, and a long drink of water that could quench the city's thirst until it finishes a current well-drilling project this fall.