One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(of a person) very thin.‘in spite of all this food I remained as thin as a rake’
- ‘My father died at the age of 79 and was as thin as a rake all his life, however, my youngest brother and two of my uncles had paunches, so maybe there is a genetic element to my problem.’
- ‘He was as thin as a rake, and was taller than most men at that age.’
- ‘But there was that guy who was thin as a rake and eat several Big Macs a day.’
- ‘He was very tall, about six foot two, and as thin as a rake.’
- ‘Katy ducked behind John, then peered around him to see an old man with yellowing eyes and white hair, with a bent back and thin as a rake.’
- ‘Marc dressed in black, looking thin as a rake and white as a sheet.’
- ‘Soon she will realise that no matter how much the old boy eats he stays thin as a rake.’
- ‘He should be thin as a rake.’
- ‘He's short, receding, sallow-skinned and thin as a rake!’
- ‘My friend was only 14 and was thin as a rake with tell tale signs of drug abuse which I didn't know then.’
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