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(as) skinny as a beanpole

Extremely thin. I was always skinny as a beanpole growing up, but I really filled out once I hit puberty. You want to play football? But you're as skinny as a beanpole—you'll get creamed!
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One who is very skinny. Susie is such a beanpole now that she's had her growth spurt. Melanie's a beanpole—her clothes will be way too tight on me!
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skinny as a beanpole

very thin; very skinny. (*Also: as ~.) I exercised and dieted until I was skinny as a beanpole.
See also: beanpole, skinny
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n. a skinny person. I’m getting to be such a beanpole.
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Steeled knights of the Conquest, bearded statesmen of Queen Elizabeth, and high-ruffled ladies of her court, were mingled with characters of comedy, such as a party-colored Merry Andrew, jingling his cap and bells; a Falstaff, almost as provocative of laughter as his prototype; and a Don Quixote, with a bean pole for a lance, and a pot lid for a shield.
Climbers will need support - this can either be against trellis or by making a simple bean pole or wigwam with bamboo supports, and tying them in at the top with some twine.
Cheil Industries ranked first in menswear with value share of 5% as it has a wide portfolio of menswear including Bean Pole, Galaxy and Rogatis.
Japeth Aguilar finished the night with 29 points, a career-best for the Kings' bean pole, along with 14 rebounds and five blocks.
Valerie rapped Sid on the nose with a bean pole, causing him to let go - and the goldfish lived to swim another day.
Bannister-busting bean pole Justin Figueroa and Zero's Garret Hill are said to be the first recruits for Reynolds' and Herman's Altamont brand.
Harry Redknapp was furious, particularly with his bean pole centre-forward Peter Crouch who failed to retain critical possession with the match all but won.
Called the "next Naomi Campbell," the modeling sensation, who lives in Los Angeles, has come a long way from the time when the kids in her class called her names like "Giraffe" and "Bean Pole." Her mother and grandmother encouraged her to walk tall and be proud of her height.
One of those co-champs is the ultimate bean pole of the tree world with a 23-foot height and a crown spread of 1 foot.
Ross Badman It's about time we had a proper tree not some plastic bean pole Sara-Marie Pugh Why don't they just plant a tree there?
Sow runner beans and French beans outside, two to the base of each bean pole or bamboo cane.
* Sow runner beans and French beens outside, two to the base of each bean pole or bamboo cane.
Instead, anyone with a difference suffered abuse such as "Carrot-top", "Four-eyes", "Porkie", "Bean Pole", "scabbie", "smelly" and lots more.
WE NEED LITTLE AND LARGE TO BATTER BILIC With Wayne Rooney and Michael Owen both crocked it's up to bean pole Peter Crouch and pint-size Jermain Defoe (left) to get the goals against Slaven Bilic's Croatia at Wembley