big as a house

big as a house

Physically large, overweight, said of a person in an unflattering way, as in “I saw Marion the other day and she’s gotten as big as a house.” Why a house should have been chosen as a simile for a large person is not clear, but it has been so used for a very long time.
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The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer
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