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person of size
Politically correct term for an obese or very overweight person. It has been airlines' policy for a number of years to make persons of size purchase two seats on every flight they take.
of a size
Similar in size. When I first had the twins, Jordan was much bigger, but he and Adam are of a size these days.
slang One whose ideal sexual partner has a large penis. Are you big enough for her? I hear she's a size queen.
all of a size
Said when every item or thing in a group is the same size. Those puppies are all of a size—it doesn't look like there's a runt in the bunch.
all shapes and sizes
Many varieties. These plants come in all shapes and sizes, so I'm sure you'll find one that fits in your little apartment. That modeling company does not discriminate—they're looking for all shapes and sizes.
beat (someone) down to size
To humble someone. The phrase can be used for both verbal and physical confrontations. Someone needs to beat these new interns down to size—they refused to stuff envelopes! The whole class gathered to watch the fight in the schoolyard because someone was finally beating the big bully down to size!
cut (someone or something) down to size
1. To criticize one in an attempt to deflate their ego. A: "That guy always dominates the class discussion with his rambling, inane thoughts like he's some genius." B: "I know! It's time to cut him down to size."
2. To minimize the importance of something. We need to cut the board down to size before they continue their pattern of overreach.
1. Literally, to chop something down, as of a tree. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "cut" and "down." Unfortunately, we'll have to cut down that old tree because the inspector thinks it could fall on our house in a bad storm.
2. To insult or disparage someone, often publicly. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is typically used between "cut" and "down." I can't believe she cut me down in front of the entire department just because I was a few minutes late to the meeting.
3. To undermine or debunk something. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "cut" and "down." Confirmation of the suspect's alibi cut my theory down pretty quickly.
4. To reduce something. My doctor told me that I need to cut down on eating fried foods in order to improve my cholesterol. If the school board cuts down on funding for the arts, then what will become of the theater program?
5. To remove the extras or adornments from something. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "cut" and "down." I like the apartment, but I need to cut down the decorations a little—it's much too fancy for me.
6. To kill someone. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "cut" and "down." Oh, I'll cut down that informant before he speaks to the police again, don't worry. So many of our young men and women have been cut down by this needless war.
try (something) for size
To try, use, or consider something in order to make a decision or form an opinion about it. Likened to putting on a garment to see if it fits. Sometimes used as a rhetorical imperative to behold an extreme example of something. The whole point of test driving a car is to try it for size to see if you feel comfortable in it. Too hungry for a regular burger? Try this for size! It's eight patties!
try (something) on for size
To try, use, or consider something in order to make a decision or form an opinion about it. Likened to putting on a garment to see if it fits. Sometimes used as a rhetorical imperative to behold an extreme example of something. The whole point of test driving a car is to try it on for size to see if you feel comfortable in it. Too hungry for a regular burger? Try this on for size! It's eight patties!
size (someone or something) up
To observe and form an opinion about or estimation of someone or something. I strolled around the arena sizing up the competition. Always size up a car in person before you agree to buy it.
that's about the size of it
That's the reality of the situation; that's an accurate summary. A: "So, you'll need to start looking for a new house then, huh?" B: "Yep, that's about the size of it." That's about the size of it—we only have the budget to keep one of you on the team.
come in all shapes and sizes
To be available in many varieties. These plants come in all shapes and sizes, so I'm sure you'll find one that fits in your little apartment. That modeling company does not discriminate—they're looking for all shapes and sizes.
all of a size
Rur. all of the same size. I tried to pick out the biggest tomato, but they were pretty much all of a size. The houses in that neighborhood are all of a size.
beat someone down to sizeand knock someone down to size
Fig. to make a person more humble, sometime by actual physical beating. If you keep acting so arrogant, someone is going to beat you down to size. It's time someone knocked you down to size. I'll try to be less arrogant. I don't want anyone to beat me down to size.
cut down (on something)
to reduce the amount of something or of doing something; to use or buy less of something. You will have to cut down on the time it takes you to get ready in the morning. The doctor told him to cut down on his drinking.
cut someone down
to kill someone with a weapon, such as a sword, or with gunfire, etc. The bandits cut the bystanders down and fled. The gunman cut down an innocent pedestrian.
cut someone down (to size)and take someone down (to size)
Fig. to make a person humble; to put one in one's place. John's critical remarks really cut me down to size. Jane is too conceited. I think her new boss will take her down to size.
cut something down
1. Lit. to chop something down; to saw or cut at something until it is felled. Stop cutting the banners down! Don't cut down that tree!
2. Fig. to destroy someone's argument; to destroy someone's position or standing. The lawyer cut the testimony down quickly. The lawyer cut down the witness's story.
3. to reduce the price of something. They cut the prices down to sell the goods off quickly. I wish they would cut down the prices in this store.
pick on someone or something
to harass or bother someone or something, usually unfairly. Please stop picking on me! I'm tired of it. You shouldn't pick on the cat.
pick on someone your own sizeand pick on somebody your own size
to abuse someone who is big enough to fight back. Go pick on somebody your own size! Wilbur should leave his little brother alone and pick on someone his own size.
size someone or something up
to observe someone or something to get information; to check someone or something out. The comedian sized the audience up and decided not to use his new material. I like to size up a situation before I act.
That's about the size of it.
Inf. That is the way it is. (Often a response to someone who has acknowledged bad news.) Bob: We only have a few hundred dollars left in the bank. Sally: That means that there isn't enough money for us to go on vacation? Bob: That's about the size of it. Bob: I'm supposed to take this bill to the county clerk's office and pay them four hundred dollars? Sally: That's about the size of it.
whittle someone down to size
Fig. to reduce someone's ego; to cause someone to have better, more respectful behavior. (Fig. on whittle something down (to size).) After a few days at camp, the counselors had whittled young Walter down to size. It took some doing, but they whittled him down to size.
1. Kill, as in The troops were cut down one by one as they crossed the field. [Early 1800s]
2. Also, cut down on. Reduce, decrease, as in I want to cut down my caffeine intake, or We have to cut down on our expenses. [Mid-1800s]
3. cut down to size; knock down to size. Reduce the self-importance of, humble, as in He's so arrogant-I wish someone would cut him down to size, or She really got knocked down to size when her class ranking slipped. [Early 1900s]
Tease, bully, victimize, as in She told Mom the boys were always picking on her. [Second half of 1800s] This expression is sometimes put as pick on someone your own size, meaning "don't badger someone who is younger, smaller, or weaker than yourself but do so only to an equal."
Make an estimate, opinion, or judgment of, as in She sized up her opponent and decided to withdraw from the election. This usage transfers measuring the size of something to broader meaning. [Late 1800s]
that's about the size of it
That sums up the situation; that's how things are. For example, So he's going to resign next month?-Yes, that's about the size of it, or Mary's applying to all those colleges?-That's about the size of it. A mid-19th century British expression that soon crossed the Atlantic, it appeared in Mark Twain's Tramp Abroad (1880): "'Bloodshed!' 'That's about the size of it,' I said."
1. Test the fit or look of a garment by putting it on, as in Do you want to try on this dress? This expression is also put as try on for size, which is sometimes used figuratively, as in The teacher wanted to try the new method on for size before agreeing to use it. [Late 1600s]
2. Test the effectiveness or acceptability of something, as in The actors decided to try on the new play out of town. [Late 1800s] Also see try out.
cut someone down to size
COMMON If you cut someone down to size, you do or say something which shows that they are less important or impressive than they think they are. It is time the big bosses were cut down to size. They are the ones to blame for much of the country's economic misery. If he starts bragging he'll soon be cut down to size by the women in this office.
try something on for sizeor
try something for size
If you try something on for size or try something for size, you consider it carefully or try using it in order to decide whether you think it is good or whether you believe it. `Right now, everything is ambiguous.' She says the word `ambiguous' slowly, as though trying it on for size. `Jarvis was fired?' he repeated, trying the idea for size and seeming to find it rather pleasing.
cut someone down to sizedeflate someone's exaggerated sense of self-worth. informal
that's about the size of itsaid to confirm a person's assessment of a situation, especially one regarded as bad. informal
try something for sizetry out or test something for suitability.
come in all ˌshapes and ˈsizesbe of many different forms or types: Pasta comes in all shapes and sizes. ♢ The containers come in all shapes and sizes.
cut somebody down to ˈsizeshow that somebody is less important than they seem or think: Failing his exams has certainly cut him down to size.
that’s about the ˈsize of it(spoken) that is a good or fair description of the situation: ‘So you’re leaving college just to go travelling?’ ‘Yes, that’s about the size of it.’
1. To chop something down: The loggers cut down trees from the forest. I cut the overgrown shrubs down.
2. To reduce the amount of something done, used, or taken: I need to cut down on shopping this month. They need to cut their drinking down. We've been gambling too much—we need to cut down.
3. To reduce something, as a price: They're cutting down all the prices at the mall. The company is cutting bonuses down this year.
4. To kill or incapacitate someone: The troops were cut down in battle. Before there were vaccines, many people were cut down by polio.
5. To belittle or discredit someone or something, especially in front of others: The boss cut me down in front of my subordinates. The prosecutor cut down the defendant's testimony.
6. To alter something by removing extra or additional fittings: The shop cut down my car for racing. Let's buy those old trucks and cut them down for work on the back roads.
To treat someone badly or unfairly, especially by teasing or bullying: My big sister always picks on me. The kids at school pick on him for wearing glasses.
To make an estimate, opinion, or judgment of someone or something: She sized up her opponent. He sized the location up.
To put some garment on in order to determine if it fits: She went to the dressing room to try on the sweater. He tried the shoes on and said they were too tight.
That’s about the size of it
sent. That is the way things are.; That’s all there is to tell. Well, that’s about the size of it. See you tomorrow.
cut (someone) down to size
To deflate the self-importance of (someone).