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be knee-high to a grasshopper

To be young. When I was knee-high to a grasshopper, I loved playing with dolls and stuffed animals. Unfortunately, Ed's mother died when he was still knee-high to a grasshopper.
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grasshead

slang Someone who frequently smokes marijuana. Yeah, I smoke pot every now and then, but I'm not a grasshead or anything.

grasshopper

slang Someone who frequently smokes marijuana. Yeah, I smoke pot every now and then, but I'm not a grasshopper or anything.

knee-high to a grasshopper

1. Very young. When I was knee-high to a grasshopper, I loved playing with dolls and stuffed animals. Unfortunately, Ed's mother died when he was still knee-high to a grasshopper.
2. Diminutive, as in size, stature, or importance. He was knee-high to a grasshopper all throughout middle school, but in high school he suddenly shot up to 6'2''. I felt knee-high to a grasshopper when I first joined the massive law firm.
See also: grasshopper, to

knee-high to a jackrabbit

1. Very young. A variant of "knee-high to a grasshopper." Wow, I haven't played with one of these old toys since I was knee-high to a jackrabbit. Unfortunately, Ed's mother died when he was still knee-high to a jackrabbit.
2. Diminutive, as in size, stature, or importance. He was knee-high to a jackrabbit all throughout middle school, but in high school he suddenly shot up to 6'2''. I felt knee-high to a jackrabbit when I first joined the massive law firm.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

*knee-high to a jackrabbit

 and *knee-high to a grasshopper
Rur. very small or short. (Usually used to describe children. *Typically: be ~; since someone was ~.) I've known you since you were knee-high to a jackrabbit. My, how you've grown! The last time I saw you, you were knee-high to a grasshopper!
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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.
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

knee-high to a grasshopper

OLD-FASHIONED
If you say that you have done something since you were knee-high to a grasshopper, you mean that you have done it since you were a very young child. I've lived here since I was knee-high to a grasshopper.
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Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

knee-high to a grasshopper

very small or very young. informal, humorous
In this form the phrase apparently dates from the mid 19th century, but early 19th-century US versions include knee-high to a toad and knee-high to a mosquito .
See also: grasshopper, to
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knee-high to a ˈgrasshopper

(informal, humorous) (of a child) very small; very young: I haven’t seen you since you were knee-high to a grasshopper!
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grasshead

and grasser and grasshopper
n. a marijuana smoker. (Drugs.) The grassheads are taking over this neighborhood. The principle called the “grassers” in and gave them hell.

grasshopper

verb

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, to
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.

knee-high to a grasshopper

Small and, usually, quite young. The term, used most often to describe someone’s extreme youth, originated in America about 1850, when it replaced the earlier nineteenth-century hyperboles knee-high to a mosquito, bumble-bee, and splinter. A challenge arose in knee-high to a duck, current from about 1900 to the 1940s, but grasshopper outstripped and survived it, too.
See also: grasshopper, to
The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer

knee high to a grasshopper

Very young. A grasshopper is tiny, and to stand, metaphorically speaking, no higher than the insect's knee was to be very small or young or both. The expression was usually used by male relatives to point out either a child's youth (“Drive the tractor by yourself?— why, you're not even knee-high to a grasshopper”) or the speaker's experience (“I've driven tractors since I was knee high to a grasshopper”).
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Endangered Phrases by Steven D. Price Copyright © 2011 by Steven D. Price
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References in classic literature ?
In a field one summer's day a Grasshopper was hopping about, chirping and singing to its heart's content.
A Flea, a Grasshopper, and a Leap-frog once wanted to see which could jump highest; and they invited the whole world, and everybody else besides who chose to come to see the festival.
...In one of the caskets, you will find a scorpion, in the other, a grasshopper, both very cleverly imitated in Japanese bronze: they will say yes or no for you.
To wash down the Hagachips, the food truck offers Hagmitz (fruit-flavored grasshopper juice); Hagshuk (a grasshopper snack made with dried zucchini, beet, and tomato; Hagcao (milk, dark, or white chocolate with bits of grasshopper); Hagbis (a single grasshopper dipped in a sweet coating such as pistachio crA[umlaut]me); and Hagtea (herbal teabags that contain pieces of grasshopper).
There is a paucity of data where concurrent grasshopper density and species composition sampling combined with vegetation sampling occurred during and after a grasshopper outbreak.
"Grasshopper Buddy" is a delightful bilingual story about a boy who tries to catch a grasshopper. Told in rhyme in both English and Spanish, "Grasshopper Buddy" appeals to young children with its colorful illustrations and jaunty lines.
Stress boosts a grasshopper's appetite for carbon-rich carbohydrates.
Washington, June 16 ( ANI ): A grasshopper's change in diet to high-energy carbohydrates while it is being hunted by spiders may affect the way soil releases carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, new research has revealed.
Coupled with the loss of revenue for farmers and ranchers, a grasshopper infestation could cost our country billions of dollars per year.
And Hodgson will have been quietly impressed as the youthful line-up held their own on a sultry evening against a Grasshopper side that have already started their domestic campaign.
WHAT HAPPENS TO A GRASSHOPPER When his master dies?
When a grasshopper bounded onto a car windshield, a passenger snapped a photo using a camera's zoom-in feature.
Within one week, there was not a grasshopper to be found.
There are plants a grasshopper prefers, but if food becomes scarce enough, they will feed on just about anything that has moisture in it.