knee high to a grasshopper

knee-high to a grasshopper

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.
See also: grasshopper

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”).
See also: grasshopper, high, knee
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My team was Rangers because my favourite colour was blue (life is so much simpler when you are knee high to a grasshopper) and I despised Celtic because they played in green and white (the colours of Yeovil - arch-enemies to my home-town team Weymouth).