long drink of water

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long drink of water

1. A tall, typically slender person. Who's that long drink of water who just walked into the bar? You're a long drink of water, aren't you? What are you, six-foot-five?
2. A rather boring, plain, or uninteresting person. Sarah's new boyfriend sure is a long drink of water, huh? He barely said a word all night.
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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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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. However, Frey also noticed that after a day when the colony he was tracking had been particularly busy mating, the percentage of males going out for a drink rose.