One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘a tall, thin man’
big, high, large, huge, towering
colossal, gigantic, giant, monstrous, giant-size, Brobdingnagian
lanky, rangy, gangling, leggy, long-legged
high, big, lofty, towering, soaring, elevated, sky-high, sky-scraping
3‘he's about 5 foot 8 inches tall’
in height, high, from head to foot, from head to toe
4‘a tall tale’
unlikely, improbable, exaggerated, far-fetched, implausible, dubious, overblown, unbelievable, incredible, preposterous, outrageous, absurd
embroidered, dishonest, untrue
informal cock and bull
5‘they thought that the deadline was a tall order’
demanding, exacting, difficult, unreasonable, exorbitant, impossible
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