Approximately this height. Said while using one's fingers, hands, or arms to visibly demonstrate size. ("Yea" is a variant of "yay" and is pronounced the same way.) "How big do you want the wall to be, Mrs. Martens?" asked the builder. "Oh, about yea tall," she said, holding her hand up to her sternum. A: "You were only yea tall the last time I saw you!" B: "I was 11, Uncle Jerry. There's no way I was only up to your hip." Fish have to be about yea tall for you to keep them, she said, putting her hand up to her sternum.
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