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broad across the beam
Of a person (typically female), having a large buttocks and/or thighs. A derogatory term, it refers to ships that have a wide breadth across. All the holiday eating always leaves me a bit broad across the beam!
paint (something) with a broad brush
To describe or characterize something in very general, vague, or broad terms, ignoring or neglecting to include specific details. When asked about how she would stabilize the economy, the candidate painted her plan with a broad brush, resorting to vague claims about creating jobs and getting people back to work.
The ability and/or willingness to accept multiple demands and responsibilities. You've got some broad shoulders, kid—I'm so impressed with how you're balancing schoolwork with being captain of the football team and student council president!
1. A label referring to a group of 17th-century English theologians who adhered to some practices of the Church of England but disregarded other elements of the Church, such as doctrine and liturgical practice. Primarily heard in UK. The broad church movement in 17th-century England may have helped shape the more liberal views and practices of modern-day Christianity.
2. A group or organization composed of various types of people with differing views, opinions, or philosophies. Primarily heard in UK. The Independent Party is a broad church as its members hold wildly differing opinions on how to best solve the problems facing society today.
be broad in the beam
1. (of a ship) To be particularly wide in the middle. Since that ship is broad in the beam, I doubt it will fit through the narrow channel.
2. (of a person) To have an ample buttocks. Because I'm broad in the beam, I doubt those pants will fit me.
(as) broad as a barn door
Very wide. Your mattress is as broad as a barn door—there's no way you'll fit it in that room!
broad in the beam
1. (of a ship) Particularly wide in the middle. Since that ship is broad in the beam, I doubt it will fit through the narrow channel.
2. (of a person) Having an ample buttocks. Because I'm broad in the beam, I doubt those pants will fit me.
broad (brush) strokes
Vague or non-specific terms. I don't need every detail of the event—just tell me about it in broad brush strokes. Describe your idea in broad strokes, just so I can get a sense of it.
can't hit the (broad) side of a barn
slang Has very poor aim. Boy, you can't hit the broad side of a barn—the net is over here, you know! These guys haven't made a single basket in the last 10 minutes—they just can't hit the side of a barn right now.
have a broad back
1. To be unaffected by criticism or judgment. Being the only artist in a family of doctors has taught me to have a broad back.
2. To be able to help or counsel others without tiring. You've got to have a broad back to be a therapist, that's for sure!
in broad (brush) strokes
In vague or non-specific terms. I don't need every detail of the event—just tell me about it in broad brush strokes. Describe your idea in broad strokes, just so I can get a sense of it.
with broad strokes
In general, vague, or non-specific terms, as opposed to in very fine detail. I don't need every detail of the event—just summarize with broad strokes. Describe your idea with broad strokes, just so I can get a sense of it.
in broad daylight
Out in the open during the daytime, when anyone can see what's happening. The gangland feud is getting so bad that people are being shot in broad daylight. What's the world coming to when even a nun gets robbed in broad daylight?
*broad as a barn door
very broad or wide. (*Also: as ~.) Jim's backside is as broad as a barn door. The weight lifter's chest is broad as a barn door.
broad in the beam
1. Lit. [of a ship] wide at amidships. This old tub is broad in the beam and sits like a ball in the water, but I love her.
2. Fig. Inf. with wide hips or large buttocks. l am getting a little broad in the beam. It's time to go on a diet. John is just naturally broad in the beam.
have broad shoulders
1. Lit. to have wide shoulders. She has broad shoulders because she exercises and lifts weights.
2. Fig. to have the ability to cope with unpleasant responsibilities; to have the ability to accept criticism or rebuke. No need to apologize to me. I can take it. I have broad shoulders. Karen may have broad shoulders, but she can't endure endless criticism.
in broad daylight
in the open light of day; clearly visible. The crime was committed in broad daylight. Bill stood there in broad daylight, but we never saw him.
Ample and obvious natural light, as in You don't need your flashlight-it's broad daylight, or She was accosted on her own street in broad daylight. [1300s]
broad in the beam
Having broad hips or large buttocks. For example, I've grown too broad in the beam for these slacks. This expression originated in the 17th century and described the wideness of a ship. It began to be used for the human body only in the 1920s.
broad shoulders, have
Be able to accept considerable responsibility, as in With his broad shoulders, he can easily handle both departments. [Second half of 1300s]
can't hit the broad side of a barn
Have very poor aim. For example, That rookie can't hit the broad side of a barn, let alone strike anyone out or, as put in The New Republic (February 19, 1990): "Their missiles couldn't hit the broad side of a barn." This hyperbolic term, dating from the mid-1800s, at first denoted poor marksmanship. Around 1900 it also began to be used in baseball, for a pitcher with poor aim.
a broad churchBRITISH
You call an organization, group, or area of activity a broad church when it includes a wide range of opinions, beliefs, or styles. The movement is presently a very broad church, comprising, amongst others, trade unions, the church and the business community. Rock music in France is a very broad church indeed.
in broad daylight
COMMON If someone does something illegal or daring in broad daylight, they do it openly in the daytime when people can see it. Six gunmen attacked his car with automatic rifles in broad daylight. I have recently spotted three women wearing Catwoman outfits in broad daylight. Note: This expression is often used to emphasize that someone's behaviour is surprising or shocking.
If someone has broad shoulders, they are able to take a lot of responsibility and they are not easily upset by criticism. He insisted that he had broad shoulders and was willing to carry on.
If you describe or show something in broad strokes or in broad brushstrokes, you describe or show only the main or general points or features of it and not the fine or exact details. The speech will lay out in broad strokes the two candidates' differing approaches towards how best to stimulate the economy. There's very little subtlety in the play. Its characters are painted in broad brushstrokes. Note: The image here is of an artist painting a picture roughly or quickly.
n. a woman. (Originally underworld slang. Often jocular. Usually considered rude and derogatory.) When is that broad gonna show up?
can’t find one’s butt with both hands (in broad daylight)
tv. is stupid or incompetent. (Mildly objectionable.) Why did they put Jim in charge? He can’t find his butt with both hands!
can’t hit the (broad) side of a barn
tv. cannot aim something accurately. You’re way off. You couldn’t hit the broad side of a barn.
square john broad
n. an honest, straightforward woman. (Underworld.) We need a square john broad to give this place a look of respectability.