a ?sized land?

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hly2004

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chinese
Could you help me find a word or a phrase to describe the land area is very small?
It could be something like "a ?sized patch of land".
Is "a palm-sized piece of land" ok?

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  • non_parlo_italiano

    Member
    English, Australia
    Hi,

    "A palm-sized piece of land" sounds a little strange, I think. I am trying to come up with comparison words but none spring to mind (perhaps someone else will be able to do better - sorry).

    I think it would be best to make a comparison with something actually related to land. How small do you mean, exactly? For example, you could use:
    (1) "A land the size of a vegetable patch"
    (2) "A vegetable patch-sized plot"
    (3) "An area no larger than a humble household garden"
     

    non_parlo_italiano

    Member
    English, Australia
    Oh! You could use "Lilliputian" - as in "a piece of land of Lilliputian proportions" - but it really depends in what context. If it's some sort of report (e.g. survey) I wouldn't recommend it as it would sound a bit too arty and not scientific enough.

    The word comes from a very well known book by Jonathan Swift, called Gulliver's Travels. (I can't post links yet but look it up on Wikipedia or something for more information) Anyway basically in the book the protagonist, Gulliver, travels to a land called Lilliput where everything is of miniature proportions.

    The opposite of Lilliputian is Brobdingnagian.
     

    Porteño

    Member Emeritus
    British English
    A small patch of land/the size of a vegetable patch/a garden the size of a pocket handkerchief/the size of a postage stamp are some of the many descriptions I have seen used to describe a small plot/piece of land.
     
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