a butt like an ant

saveltrol

New Member
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!
 
  • owlman5

    Senior Member
    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".
     

    Hermione Golightly

    Senior Member
    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
     

    saveltrol

    New Member
    russian
    Rather the second one I think.

    If you are interested I made the same discussion on the German forum. As they also do not have such an expression (and the original text is the german one) I believe it is an author's "discovery"... I will traduce it literally.

    Thank all of you!!!
     
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