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broad in the beam


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  • adjective idiomatic without fat on the hips and the bottom


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  • Derives from the nautical term beam, the widest point of a ship. The figurative use referring to people's hips came into being in the 20th century. An early citation of that comes in Hugh Walpole's Hans Frost, 1929: "He stood watching disgustedly Bigges' broad beam."

    December 10, 2007