a butt like an ant

Discussion in 'English Only' started by saveltrol, Jul 27, 2010.

  1. saveltrol New Member

    Moscow, Russia
    russian
    Hello!
    do you really have such an expression in English?

    a butt like an ant

    (said to somebody too thin, to offend her)

    or it's just bad translation from German?

    Thank you!
     
  2. owlman5

    owlman5 Senior Member

    Colorado
    English-US
    I have never heard this one. If I had, I'd likely think that her butt was large in relation to her waist. When I look at many ants, their abdomens --"butts"-- are noticeably larger than the thin segment that connects the abdomen to the thorax. If I were talking about some poor girl's skinny behind, I'd probably say "she has a butt like a board" if her butt seemed flat to me. I wouldn't be likely to say this, since my own butt is rather unimpressive. Otherwise, I'd say "she has a small butt".
     
  3. Hermione Golightly

    Hermione Golightly Senior Member

    London
    British English
    'Wasp- waisted' and "thin as a stick insect" are the only insect- related expressions I can think of for human physical appearance. I wouldn't know what an 'ant's butt' means!

    :) Hermione
     
  4. Packard

    Packard Senior Member

    USA, English
  5. saveltrol New Member

    Moscow, Russia
    russian
  6. Loob

    Loob Senior Member

    English UK
    (Actually, I think you'll translate it literally: see the Dictionary entry for traduce;):D.)
     
  7. saveltrol New Member

    Moscow, Russia
    russian
    :) :) :) yes I will!
     

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