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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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*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!

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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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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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 .
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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.
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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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