(Variations: bumblebee or duck or frog or mosquito or spit or splinter or toad may replace grasshopper) Very short or small, esp because young: He’s been smoking since he was knee-high to a grasshopper
[1851+; knee high to a toad is found by 1814]
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.
[nee-hohl] /ˈniˌhoʊl/ noun 1. an open space for the and legs, as under a desk. /ˈniːˌhəʊl/ noun 1.
[nee-jurk] /ˈniˌdʒɜrk/ adjective 1. of or relating to a knee-jerk. 2. Informal. reacting according to a certain habitual manner; unthinking: a knee-jerk liberal. noun 1. a reflex extension of the leg, caused by contraction of the quadriceps, resulting from a sharp tap on the patellar tendon; patellar reflex. noun 1. (physiol) Also called patellar reflex. […]
- Knee-jerk reflex
knee-jerk reflex n. See patellar reflex. A sudden involuntary forward movement of the lower leg that can be produced by a firm tap to the tendon located just below the kneecap. Note: The term is loosely applied to any response or belief that is automatic rather than thoughtful. In this sense, it is usually a […]
- Knee joint
knee joint n. A compound condylar joint consisting of the joint between the condyles of the femur and the condyles of the tibia, and the articulation between the femur and the patella.